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When it comes to beauty products, I think eye shadows and eye shadow palettes are definitely some of my favorite things.  I just love looking at all the pretty colors and I definitely think palettes are my weakness when it comes to purchases.  Recently I was introduced to Shop Hush (an app and website that sells Bad Habit Beauty products) and I just had to pick up this set up palettes to add to my collection.  Today I introduce you to the Solstice and Supernova eye shadow palettes.

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I picked up both the Bad Habit Solstice and Supernova palettes off of ShopHush for $24.00 (for both) about a month ago.  I definitely wanted to share these palettes with my readers and followers because for the price point, they are seriously – LEGIT!

Let’s talk about the Bad Habit Solstice Palette first.  The Solstice palette retails for $16.00 if purchased separately.  It has a mix of mattes, shimmers and glittery shades in warm hues.  It’s gorgeous and I love that it includes colors that I can wear on an everyday basis.  I was beyond impressed with each shadow and loved how buttery most of the shades were and how packed they were with pigment.

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Many say that the Solstice Palette from Bad Habit Beauty is a dupe for the Natasha Denona Sunset Palette which retails for $129.  I don’t own the Natasha Denona Sunset palette so I couldn’t tell you if it indeed is a dupe, but I can say that for a $16 palette, it definitely impressed me.

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Because the shades are definitely soft and buttery, you do get some kick up and some fall out, but it’s not difficult to work with and each shade builds up perfectly.  I am loving this as my everyday palette and I’m enjoying it tremendously.

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Next I am sharing with you the Supernova Palette.  Retailing for $16 on it’s own, this palette offers a combination of shades that are much cooler toned than the Solstice palette.  That’s one of the reasons why I ordered them as a pair, I thought it would be a great way to check out two different tones of shades for different looks.

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As with the Solstice palette, the Supernova palette provides a combination of matte, shimmer and glittery shades.  I find that while each shade is also buttery (like the Solstice), it is not as creamy as the Solstice palette.  To explain, the Solstice palette is so creamy that when dipping your brush into shades like Dawn, Rays and Twilight, your brush literally makes a big indention.  However, with Supernova, placing your brushes into this palette doesn’t leave it as messy but still picks up a lot of color and blendability is great.

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The Bad Habit Supernova palette is said to be a dupe for the Natasha Denona Lila Palette which retails for $129.  As I mentioned with the Solstice palette, I do not have the Lila palette so I personally cannot compare the two to see if they are indeed dupes, however – I can tell you that for $16 – it’s definitely worth checking out.

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Just like the Solstice palette, the Supernova palette provides you with a lot of texture and colors to be able to create a variety of looks. I’ve been loving the brown shades in this palette as accent colors to a smoky eye look.

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Overall, I am absolutely digging these two palettes from Bad Habit Beauty.  I’m impressed with how easy the shades from each palette blend as well as how gorgeous each color is.  The price point of each considering the quality and how good they are, well – that absolutely seals the deal for me.  I’ve already referred several friends to buy these and because of these, I’ve purchased several more palettes from Bad Habit Beauty and Shop Hush.

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Definitely download the ShopHush. app on your phone (android and iPhone) and get rewards for logging in each day as well as free shipping on your orders.  I can’t wait to share with you all of the other palettes I’ve purchased from the site, so stay tuned for that.

Have you tried any of the palettes on ShopHush?  Or, what about Bad Habit Beauty?  Let me know your thoughts, for sure.  Would you pick up a dupe to a highend palette at an affordable price?

 

 

 


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If you do a search on this site, you’ll find that I am a huge fan of Beauty Junkees.  While I’ve been a little out of sorts lately, there is one thing for sure… I’m loving the new goodies that Beauty Junkees has rolled out over the last few months.  Since May I’ve been testing out some new finds and I’m very excited to share them with you.  If you haven’t tried anything from Beauty Junkees yet, seriously – what are you waiting for?

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Beauty Junkees collection of goodies really has evolved over the last year and I’m always excited to share with all of you what I’ve had the opportunity to try.  This post may be a long one because I have a lot to share, so be prepared for that.  It’s picture heavy – but hey, we all love a little makeup and eye candy, right?  Let’s get into it.

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Let’s start off with Beauty Junkees brand new Matte Liquid Lipsticks.  They retail for $14.97 each and are very different from others on the market.  They are water resistant so these make the perfect selection for hitting the beach without sacrificing color on your lips.  They’ll last you all day.  They are lightweight and feel really comfortable on the lips.  They go on smooth, dry fast and are non-sticky.  I love that they offer 3x the pigment than other liquid lipsticks currently available and offer a strain that feels good on.  Made in the USA and paraben-free, gluten-free and of course – cruelty-free.

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The shades I have swatched for you above are (left to right):  Soul Mate, Metallic Sorbet and Dinner Party.

These liquid lippies are available in six gorgeous colors – Amaretto, Caramel Latte, Dinner Party, Metallic Sorbet, Soul Mate and Vampirette.  There’s a color for anyone and a small but perfect range of shades for most if not all skin tones.

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These lippies come in pretty fun frosted packaging and have easy to use doe foot applicators.  The application is a breeze and I didn’t notice any streaking or smudges once it set on the lips.  I like that you can top these with a gloss if you want a shiny look or wear on its own.  These lippies are quite long lasting and overall, considering the price point and how nice they feel on, I’m pretty impressed.

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Lip gloss sets and a great Vitamin E lippy are also on the list of lusts from Beauty Junkees new roll out.  Let’s start with the Vitamin E Moisture Stick since it literally has been a favorite thing for me to use lately.  Perfect for dry and chapped lips, this lip balm (retailing for $10.00) has been my go-to.  Made with Vitamin E to help soothe and heal the lips and provide you with relief from minor sunburns while protecting the lips so you can enjoy fun in the sun.  With long term use, the Vitamin E helps to block free radicals from damaging the skin cells and leaves your lips hydrated and moisturized.  Paraben Free, Gluten Free, and Cruelty-Free as well as made in the USA.  While this lip balm is in simplistic packaging, I think you’ll find that it will literally be a favorite once your lips feel it.  No funky tastes or feel… just soft smooth lips.  This has also been a favorite for me to use on top of any of my drying matte lipsticks to help rehydrate.

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Because these are minis, they are travel and purse friendly, but there is still a lot of product that you can get out of these beauties.

The mini lip glosses also come in a 3pc. set.  Mint Lip Gloss Sets are available in two different selections – Kissable and Loveable.  I got the Loveable collection.  I’m not a big gloss fan, if you have been around here a while, you know this about me.  But I love a gloss that is perfect on the go, hydrating and not sticky.  Well, these definitely do all of those for me.  Retailing for $14.97, you get a 3 piece set that includes:  Mint Sugar Glaze (matte finish) which goes on clear with a slight hint of peach, Mint Blossom (matte finish) has a mauve plum tint and Mint Charming (shimmer finish) that has a rose mauve pink tint.  They are sheer glosses that go on smooth and are non-stick.  These have been perfect for me to wear alone or to top my favorite matte lippy.

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Beauty Junkees also released Eye Shadow Quads that includes four single shadows in magnetic refill pans.  Each pan is 26mm (the perfect size to fill your makeup kit) and while they do not currently come in a quad, they are ready to be placed in a magnetic palette of your choice.  (You can check out the one that Beauty Junkees offers here)

This particular collection of shades is called:  From The Stars Metallic Collection Eye Shadow Quad

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The colors you see swatches above (left to right) are:  Star Gazing, Star Bright, Constellation, and Star Field.

These gorgeous metallic shades are some of my favorites from Beauty Junkees and I love how buttery and pigmented these shadows are.  If you are looking to try some gorgeous neutral shades from the brand, I definitely suggest checking these out.

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The Totally 80’s Collection Eye Shadow Quad offers fun and bold shades that are perfect for the rocker in your or for summer eye looks.  This collection includes 4 single eye shadow pans in Break Dancing (Matte), Leg Warmers (Pearlized), Totally Awesome (Matte) and That’s So Rad (Matte Pearl).

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Swatched above from left to right:  Break Dancing, That’s So Rad, Leg Warmers, Totally Awesome.  These particular shadows apply nicely on the eyes and are beautiful and bold over a good sticky base.  I apologize for how soft the swatches look on my arm.  Because I’m a little darker skin and I swatch without primer, the colors did not show up as well.  But, they are quite pretty on the eyes for sure.

Each Quad retails for $19.97.

Now, let’s talk Blush and Highlight Duo, shall we?  I’ve added these gorgeous beauties to my collection of blushes and highlights from Beauty Junkees (which you can see) but I wanted to let you know that if you purchased the Matte Blush and lightly frosted highlighter as a duo, that would cost $14.97 – a major steal.

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I currently have the Peach Petal Collection (Peach Petal Blush & Pow! Highlighter) and Mauve Mist Collection ( Mauve Mist Blush and Pink Parfait Highlighter)

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Peach Petal Collection – Peach Petal Blush & POW! Highlighter.  This is the perfect summer blush and highlighter duo for me and I’ve been getting a ton of use out of these gorgeous beauties.  If you are looking for some color with a hint of shimmer, these would be perfect for you.  I think these shades look especially nice on a warm skin tone.

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Mauve Mist Collection is also gorgeous. It includes Mauve Mist Blush and Pink Parfait Highlighter.  I love Mauve Mist blush on me because it works so well with my deeper skin tone, and offers the perfect flush of color.  Pink Parfait is a cool toned highlighter – I tend to use warmer tones or a blend of golds, but it’s still gorgeous on the cheekbones.  It offers a gleam of highlight without looking too “Bam! What?!” when wearing it.  It does have a little more shimmer than POW!  but it’s still gorgeous nonetheless.  If you’re interested in frosted highlighters but you want something that you can build up – you’ll enjoy this one.

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Each blush and highlighter offer a great range of color for a lot of skin tones and I love that they are super pigmented.  The highlighters can be a bit dusty and have fall out, so make sure you tap off the excess before applying to the face.  Also – since the highlighters are so pigmented, I highly suggest using a fan brush or light hand when applying.  The blushes while pigmented can be applied with a light hand for a flush of color to the cheeks or with a little more pressure for a bolder look.

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Like I’ve mentioned before, it’s no secret that Beauty Junkees is a brand I truly love.  Their brushes are my go-to’s and I haven’t bought any high-end brushes since.  I love the overall quality of their cosmetic line and I absolutely enjoy seeing a small, woman run business expand their products to include some of my favorite tools and makeup items.  If I had to choose one favorite item to try, it would be near to impossible.  I hope that providing you with a few of the ones I’ve been working and playing with the last several months will help.  Oh – let’s not forget about their sponges too… I won’t buy another expensive beauty blender again thanks to Beauty Junkees.

Check out some of my past posts I’ve done on Beauty Junkees products:

Eye Shadow Singles

Empty Magnetic Palette, Lip Exfoliator, Contour & Highlight Pencils and more

Makeup Brush for Eyes and Face

So, how about you?  Do you have any of Beauty Junkees products on your radar to try?  I definitely suggest heading on over to their website (listed above) to check out what they have to offer.  There are many items I have tried from the brand that I can’t stop raving about and I highly suggest checking them out.  If you’re interested in something but need a little advice, feel free to comment or message me and we can discuss personally.

Wishing you all a wonderful day.

 

 

 


Disclaimer:  The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  Affiliate links are posted through out and this is not a paid or sponsored post.

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I’ve been sitting on these products for a while now, testing and trying out all the shades and I finally feel like it’s time for me to share.  Beauty Junkees is quite possibly one of my favorite makeup brush brands and now I can call them one of my favorite “makeup / cosmetic” brands too.  Their beauty brushes and sponges are by far some of my favorites and are practically dead on dupes for my higher end ones.  So, when they started releasing eye shadows and other makeup products (which you can read about here), I was over the moon.  Stay tuned in the coming weeks because I’ve been sitting on their blushes too and a few other products that I simply can’t wait to share.  Today I’m going to chit chat with you about the Beauty Junkees Eye Shadow Singles, so hang tight and let’s have a some colorful fun, shall we?

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Let’s talk about affordability without sacrificing quality.  For $119.00 you can get 28 single eye shadow pans and a really good magnetic makeup palette.  The shadows come in individual pans that can be organized in the included empty magnetic palette to help keep them organized and portable.  I’ve talked about this palette before in another post, and it’s really one of my favorites.  The palette includes a duo ended eye brush and not just any brush, but a really good “Beauty Junkees quality” brush.  The pans are 26mm and fit into the palette without any issue.  No need to pick up additional magnets or do any funky depotting (which I hate to do).

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Now, let’s talk about the eye shadows themselves.  There are a total of 34 gorgeous shades in a range of cool and warm tones (which we all know I love). They are buttery soft and definitely something worth looking into.  Buildable and blendable color and I love that they shadows are quite easy to work with.  Each eye shadow is triple milled and pressed, allowing you to use them wet or dry.  Each shadow individually retails for between $6.00 and you can select between matte, satin and shimmer shades.  I find that these shadows apply nicely and I was beyond impressed with how buttery the matte shadows feel.  I didn’t really notice much fall out when applying and used over primer gave these shadows great longevity.

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I have swatches I want to share with you on the shades available.  I am very impressed with the matte shades and I love the color range that is available.

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Left to Right (top row in my custom palette):  Victorian Gold, Vanilla Freeze, Peachsicle, Cosmetic Peach, Peach Vanilla, Stay Golden, Winter Wheat

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Left to Right (second row in my custom palette):  Iced Lace, Tiki Shed, Sugared Shortbread, First Snow, Beams of Light, Tiger, Gold Flicker

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Left to Right (third row in my custom palette):  Dash of Curry, Tuscan Rose, Raspberry Glaze, Crushed Velvet, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover

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Left to Right (last row in my custom palette):  Sonic, Ripe Olive, Brew, Stingray Gray, Brown Canyon, Blue Slate, Black Leather

Beauty Junkees also offers their Eye Shadow Quad Kits that include four shadow magnetic refill pans.  This is the perfect way to grab a few shades that you know you’ll use.  I am a fan of individual shadows because I love to customize my own palettes so that I’m sure I’ll use them instead of having some shadows untouched.  I also absolutely love the quality of these as well as the price point.  Overall – the pigmentation and quality are really nice.

I am so excited to share this with all of you. Where are all my eye shadow lovers at? Check out this gorgeous bunch of shadows from @beautyjunkees Beauty Junkees is one of my favorite makeup brush creators and I’m excited that they have branched out to include cosmetic products like eye shadows. These are so pretty. Also – if you’re looking for a great magnetic palette to hold all your shadows… hello, they have those too (the palette pictured is from Beauty Junkees). Check out the link and see what else they have to offer. I’ll have a full review of these shadows as well as swatches on the blog in the next week, so stay tuned for that… but I couldn’t not share these beauties now… I’ve had them for over 2 weeks and I just couldn’t hold back the excitement. http://ow.ly/bp7C309j2Is #pr

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Cruelty Free, Made in the USA, Paraben, and Gluten Free all make these products worth checking out.  Beauty Junkees also offers a guarantee that if you try it and don’t like it – you can return it for a full refund up to 30 days after you receive it.  No questions asked.  They have also been compared to Makeup Geek (though I couldn’t tell you from personal experience since I don’t own anything from MG).

Since my original post on Instagram I have been asked time and time again to reveal my overall thoughts on this product line.  Let’s face it, I’m all about saving a buck if I can and I know that Beauty Junkees makeup products will continue to remain a staple in my makeup arsenal.  I didn’t include the additional shades that didn’t fit in the palette, but don’t worry – they are just as gorgeous as the others (I’ll update as soon as I can with swatches of those too).

You can purchase Beauty Junkees products on their website or via their Amazon Store.  If I get a discount code in the future, I’ll be sure to share and post here.

If I get a discount code in the future, I’ll be sure to share and post here.

So what about you?  Have you heard of Beauty Junkees or have you tried any of their products?  I definitely suggest it if you haven’t already.  The ratings on Amazon are good for great reason… Beauty Junkees really is great!

 

 

 


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I’m sure over the last couple of months you have seen the release of the It’s Judy Time Eye and Lip Palettes.  I was definitely ecstatic to hear they were hitting stores and the site because It’s Judy Time or Judy Travis has been one of my long time favorite YouTubers.  I remember when I first started YouTube 10 years ago and we had started our channels around the same time.  She would do her videos from her little apartment, teaching subscribers how to do easy hair styles and makeup looks.  This was before her and Benji even got married and definitely before they had their children – Juliana and the Twins.  I love when I am able to watch the life of a YouTuber grow and I feel like our lives all have similarities, ya know.  Anyway – I’m off on a tangent here, regardless of what and why – I was definitely excited to see that Pixi collaborated with such a beauty.  Today I’m going to be sharing with you the Eye and Lip Palettes from the ItsJudyTime + Pixi Beauty Collaboration.  I don’t have any looks to share but figured I could provide my overall thoughts on the palettes as well as swatches.  I noticed that they are popping up at my local Target – so maybe you could use this post as a reference if it’s something you’re interested in getting.

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ItsEyeTime palette (ItsJudyTime + Pixi Beauty) consists of 12 gorgeously pigmented and silky eye shadows.  Retailing for $24.00 I was definitely impressed by how soft and easy to blend these shades were.  I’m a neutral girl at heart so a palette that allows me to take a look from day to night while still giving me shades that I can use for an all-over-the-lid look, it’s definitely a must have for me.

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This palette was created so that the wearer could seemlessly transition their look from day to night and have a palette they could turn to for their every day looks.  There are a mixture of matte and shimmer shades and a variety of neutral tones (both warm and cool) so that it would suit many skin tones.

This palette was created with the neutrals that you need in your everyday life and makes it simple and easy.

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Left to Right – Snowflake, Bubbly, ItsMommysLife, Good Morning, Brick, Honey Bear

“The palettes I created with Pixi are straight to the point, simple.  I like that it’s compact.  If you’re a girl on the go – I like that you can just grab it and go.   You can even just use your fingers.” – ItsJudyTime 

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Left to Right – Tu Tu, Getaway, Ping, Dark Chocolate, Aww Snap, Night Night

As you can see from the swatches, this palette is gorgeous.  I’ll be honest, I would have bought the palettes just because they were created by one of my favorite YouTubers, but I’m over the moon excited by the quality.  Each shade really was smooth and creamy/buttery in texture.  When I swatched each, they were swatched on my arm with no primer and really applied easily.  Blending them was effortless and this would be a great palette for a beginner or pro.  Highly pigmented and easy to use for anyone for sure.  This palette has easily become one of my favorites in my collection and for someone who is a makeup collector, that says a lot.

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Ingredients for eye shadow palette: “Snowflake/ Getaway/ Ping INGREDIENTS: Talc, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polybutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]. Bubbly INGREDIENTS: Mica, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Itsmommyslife/ Good Morning/ Honey Bear/ Tu-Tu/ Dark Chocolate/ Aww Snap INGREDIENTS: Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]. Brick INGREDIENTS: Mica, Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499).

Net. Wt. = 1.2g x 12

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Next in the collaboration is the ItsLipTime Palette (ItsJudyTime + Pixi Beauty).  Also retailing for $24.00, the ItsLipTime palette features 12 lip cremes in an array of shades.  You get wearable, super flattering colors that have all been mixed by Judy.  Each lip color is hydrating and are easy to apply with your finger or a lip brush.

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The colors were created in this lip palette so that you could wear them solo, mix or layer them to create a variety of endless shade options.  The lip cremes have a soft fruit like fragrance (mainly because Judy wanted to have a scent since she enjoys smelling lipsticks – if you watch her vlogs, you know this), but definitely not an overpowering scent.

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This lip palette will take you from day to night and all year round.  The shades range from soft nudes to pinks and show stopping berry and red tones.  You are getting a variety of blendable shades to create the looks for any day and time.

Now – I’m loving this palette and the wide range, but like with any lipstick palette, you definitely have to build the color up.  Is that a bad thing?  In my opinion, no.  That really means you can custom make your own shades, and they are still all very pigmented colors which allow you to apply a wash of color on your lips or go full out glam – it’s truly up to you.

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Left to Right: Ta-da, Peaches, Juliana Bear, Milk Chocolate, Keira Bear, Miya Bear, B did it, Falling Leaves, Chewy, Fierce, Sweet Cherry, Sultry

Over the last month or so I’ve been blending Juliana Bear and B Did It to create a very wearable and pouty pink for my everyday wear.  I absolutely love the shades Judy selected in this palette and found that it’s becoming a staple in my makeup collection.  I love that each shade is creamy and feels great on the lips.  Moisturizing and soft without drying out my pout.  Furthermore, I am so loving the fact that there is no shimmer in this palette – you get creamy lipsticks without the glitter, that makes me love it even more.

Ingredients of lip palette: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Talc, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax (Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Cera), Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mica, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Flavor (Aroma), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Water, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Propylene Glycol, Propylene Carbonate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, BHT, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]

Net. Wt. = 0.76g x 12

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Each of the palettes have the same type of packaging, which I love because it really makes them look like a set.  While they do not have a mirror attached, each palette comes with a little sticky mirror which you can attach with the adhesive on the inside if you feel the need.  I haven’t attached mine because I found I haven’t needed it. But, again – these palettes were made so that they could be used on the go as well.  They are compact, while still offering sturdy packaging so they would be perfect for travel.

I absolutely love that the shades all have names – hallelujah, that’s such a big deal for me… because when I’m doing my makeup I like to reference the color choices.  And, I love that each shade name is listed on the back of the palette for easy reference – no funky pieces of plastic to get tossed out later.  One of my favorite things about this collaboration is that these products are available at Target stores.  I’m so excited for Judy and love when I walk into my local Target and see the palette in display.  It makes me excited and happy.

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You see, I watched Judy grow over the years and watched her YouTube channel flourish into well over 1 million subscribers.  She’s literally a household name and as a YouTube and blogger myself, I’m excited to see that this is happening for one of our own.  One day, I can only hope that something like this would happen for me.  I’m a dreamer, but I love seeing people succeed and Judy is one of my favorites so to watch this unfold, it’s definitely exciting.

You can purchase these palettes at: https://www.pixibeauty.com/ or at your local Target store where available.

Have you tried any of these palettes from Pixi Beauty and ItsJudyTime yet?  If not, do you have your sites set on any of them?  Comment below and let me know.

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Oh am I excited to share these gorgeous beauties with all of you.  A couple of weeks ago I shared with you the “You Had Me At Aloha” Palette from Cargo Cosmetics (you can read about it here) and I really wanted to share these gorgeous thangs with you then, but decided that the palette truly needed it’s own post devoted strictly to it’s u’i-ness (u’i means beauty in Hawaiian).  So, today – I finally get the chance to share with all of you the Swimmables Longwear Eye Shadow Sticks from the New Spring and Summer 2017 Collection.

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The Cargo Swimmables Longwear Eye Shadow Sticks retail for $20.00 each pencil.  The new Spring and Summer collection for 2017 includes eight gorgeous shades that offer you wearable shades or pops of colors to create your show stopping Spring and Summer looks.  These eye shadow sticks basically were created to work well with the You Had Me At Aloha Palette (which is also a part of the same release).  These shadow sticks are lightweight, creamy and crease proof.  They are water-resistant and offer you high coverage color in a formula that glides the lids or eyes effortlessly.  Once the shadow stick is applied, the formula has a 20 second play time to be blended (so work quickly) before it sets.  Once it sets, the color stays true and lasts as long as you do.  It comes off when you take it off.

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I love the longevity and lasting power of these shadow sticks.  They work well for me on the the lower lash line, even through my water eyes and allergies.  But, while they will last all day and don’t crease on my oily lids, they are still fairly easy to remove when it’s time to come off.  The shades are perfect for me to use every day as an all over the lid look or on the go when I need quick color to bring out my brown eyes.  No matter the reason, these are perfect and I like that they are creamy enough to use as a base for the shadows in the palette from the collection.

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Use these shadow sticks to create an entire eye look and blend easily with a brush or your finger tips.  I love using Paradise Bay (turquoise) as a pop of color on the lower lash line.  Glacier Bay also makes a great shade to apply to my waterline to help brighten my eyes or to the inner corner of my eyes to make my eyes seem more open and wide.

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Considering the long wear and how creamy your shade stick is – you get quite a bit of product which means you’ll be able to create countless looks utilizing the different shades.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Ozokerite, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Polyethylene, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite. May Contain (+/-):mica(Ci 77019),titanium Dioxide(Ci 77891), Iron Oxides(Ci 77499, Ci 77492, Ci 77491), Blue 1 Lake(Ci 42090).

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I have had the chance to try out quite a bit of products from Cargo Cosmetics over the year.  And, I may sing their praises but I’m always impressed with the products they produce and I’m honestly surprised that Cargo is not talked about as much as they should be.  The brand consistently puts out great products and these are definitely no exception.  I think any of these shadow sticks (while a bit on the pricier side) give you the option of creating a showstopping glam look or something every day for you to use.  The options are endless.  Prior to trying any of the shadow sticks from this collection, I have already owned several from a previous collection and have loved and enjoyed them.

You can purchase these and more from http://cargocosmetics.com

How about you?  Do you think you could get some use out of these beauties?  If so, what color do you have your sites on?  If you already own one, or two or more, let me know what colors you love in the comments below.

Signature Honey


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If you didn’t already know – I am born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Maui.  While it’s quite expensive to live here, it’s my island home and I’m proud of it.  My families roots and ancestry go back several years and my Great Grandmother was even of 100% Hawaiian ancestry.  Because of this, I’m always VERY proud of where I come from and the great things that Hawaii has to offer.  The islands are a wonder of talent, many of which come from the music industry.  My parents are musicians, so I have definitely seen my fair share of talented song birds and instrument players over the years.  One very talented person who comes from my island home of Maui is Anuhea Jenkins and I’m excited to share that she has recently collaborated with one of my favorite cosmetic brands, Cargo Cosmetics.  Today I’m going to share with you the You Had Me At Aloha palette – a new and limited edition release.  Let’s learn more about it, shall we?

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This gorgeous limited edition palette called:  You Had Me At Aloha is hawaiian themed with 12 gorgeous shadows.  Retailing for just $34.00 this palette includes a very versatile mix of neutral shades and pops of color to create gorgeous and stunning eye looks.  Each shade is inspired by Hawaii’s beautiful natural beaches and floral and forest landscapes.

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The shades through out the palette are laid out in 3 quads and 6 duos to perfectly coordinate and achieve both day and night looks.  I have also been enjoying pairing different colors outside of the coordinated tones (like Kai, Lei, Shaka and Shell) to create my own custom looks.  The palette also comes with a versatile dual-ended eye shadow brush that will allow you to apply the color and blend as well as a black pencil eye liner that can be sharpened to complete your entire look.

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Left to Right: Hula, Waikiki, Hapuna, Kona, Shell, Shaka
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Left to Right: Hibiscus, Island, Kai, Tiki, Lei, Luau

Shade Descriptions:

  • Hula – champagne (shimmer)
  • Waikiki – light peach (matte)
  • Hapuna – ivory (matte)
  • Kona – medium brown (shimmer)
  • Shell – light pink pearl (shimmer)
  • Shaka – medium pink purple (matte)
  • Hibiscus – light yellow (matte)
  • Island – peach (shimmer)
  • Kai – teal (shimmer)
  • Tiki – deep brown (matte)
  • Lei – violet (matte)
  • Luau – aubergine (shimmer)

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I’ve had this palette now for a few weeks (since it was released on Cargo’s website) and I was not only intrigued but very excited to get it when I posted about the collaboration between Cargo and Anuhea last year.  When I talked about the collaboration months ago, I had no idea what the products would be or the colors so as soon as I seen it… I fell in love.  This particular palette screams “Honey” to me because the colors within are literally those that I use all the time or my favorite and must-have types of shades.  But, the fact that Anuhea is a local girl from Maui and signed as Ambassador of one of my favorite brands, really was the icing on the cake for me.

The shimmer shades through out this palette are absolutely stunning and gorgeous and each have a really nice texture.  The matte shades definitely wowed me more than I had expected.  Perfectly selected to have the mattes you need to create a whole eye look.  I am always impressed with the quality of Cargo’s products and I’m amazed they are not hyped up as much as other brands.  I have several palettes from Cargo but I think this is my favorite.

“As a Hawaii girl, I’m really proud to share this collaboration with all of you.  This beautiful palette is a must have for the makeup lover – especially if you enjoy colors like these.  Wearable shades with pops of color to help you create a stunning look.” – Honey

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Let’s talk about the packaging… first, how beautiful is this Hawaii themed palette.  I think the design on the cover and the gold foiling really add a special touch.  For years to come, this will be a palette I will love having in my collection – even if just to hold for sentimental sake because the packing is gorgeous.  The colors are all named after places in Hawaii or things about Hawaii which I love.  I also love how so many of the colors represent its name perfectly – for example:  Kai (which is the teal shimmery shade in the palette) is Ocean in hawaiian.  And Hapuna which is a gorgeous location on the island of Hawai’i (Big Island) is a beautiful ivory matte shade which is reminiscent of the location that Hapuna is – tranquil, quaint, a golf resort area and great beaches for surfing.  Kona, a medium brown tone represents one of the main towns on the island of Hawai’i is lined with lava rack along the western coast and you’ll find various coffee farms & many historic landmarks on the island there.  All of the names of this palette correspond so well with the color it represents.

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About Anuhea

Hawaiian born singer and songwriter, Anuhea, is one of the most popular talents to originate from Hawaii. She charted top ten on the iTunes Pop, R&B and Reggae charts as well as the Billboard Heatseakers and World Music Charts. Anuhea has shared the stage with Bruno Mars, Babyface, Al Green, FloRida, Hoobastank, Jack Johnson and Ziggy Marley. She won two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Hawaii’s version of the Grammy’s, for Contemporary Album of the Year and Most Promising Artist. Eight of her songs consecutively made it to #1 in Hawaii including, “Higher than the Clouds.”

This gorgeous palette and the collection of products in collaboration with Anuhea has been available in over 1,100 Kohl’s department stores as of February 2017.  Anuhea will be appearing in all elements of the brand’s comprehensive marketing campaign including the print and digital advertising, in-store displays, public relations and even event appearances and social media.  I recently watched a live mini concert that she did via social media two weeks ago at Turtle Bay Resort on the island of Oahu where she debuted her song “You Had Me At Hello” and talked about the line with Cargo.

You can get your hands on this palette currently at: Cargocosmetics.com and at Kohl’s stores throughout the United States.

http://www.cargocosmetics.com/limited-edition-you-had-me-at-aloha-eye-shadow-palette.html

So, will you be getting your hands on this limited edition beauty?  If so, I’d love to hear all about it.  While I don’t know Anuhea personally, I feel like I do have a personal connection with her since she is from my island home.  I’m excited to see this collaboration (keep an eye out for more products I’ll be sharing from the collab coming soon) and I’m wishing her all the best in her continued success.

Maui No Ka Oi

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In my opinion, nothing says natural radiance, sexy and empowered like a woman who knows what she wants and goes after it.  There’s just something about a woman who takes charge and makes things happen.  That’s what immediately intrigued me about Raul E New York Mineral Cosmetics because it is a brand that is offers gorgeous cosmetics that are perfect for the empowered women in the world.

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I received three products from Raul E New York to try out for myself.  Immediately upon receiving the items, I fell in love with the sleek black packaging.  It’s simple, shiny packaging with a Copper Gold logo imprinted on the cover, but I love it… very sleek and chic.  I received the Mineral Silk Radiance Powder, Signature Eye Shadow Quad in Hypnotic and Creamy Blush in Sangria.  Raul E New York offers a variety of cosmetic items to create a stunning and powerful look… from eye shadows to cream liners, lipsticks to gloss and everything in between – you get a wide variety to choose from and can create a whole look from base to highlight with this brand.

Our designer,  Silvana Penavić prides herself in offering an elegant, timeless and classy selection of mineral based makeups. Silvana understands first hand just how important is to use makeup that supports balance & harmony in one’s daily life, which in turn promotes conscious living.

You can consider this brand to have a highend price point.  Their single shadows are $24 each, mascaras are $30 each and their mineral liquid powder foundation is $44, so the costs are what you would expect to spend for a highend cosmetic line.  Raul E New York also sells apparel and clothing, gifts, etc. so it is a brand that offers a variety of products at your finger tips.

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Let’s talk highlight since it’s one of my favorite cosmetic products.  The Mineral Silk Radiance Powder $44 (net wt. 0.28oz / 8g) comes in two different shades.  I got the shade Seychelles.  This gorgeous mineral powder has become one of my favorites over the last few months (I’ve had these cosmetics in my possession now for a few months) and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it.  It has a floral embossment that offers different shades that you can either pick individually to use or swirl your brush all together to create a different shade.  I absolutely love how silky this powder feels on the skin and how nicely it wears.  It offers my tan skin tone a gorgeous highlight that can either be showstopping or soft and subtle depending on how heavy handed I am.

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Mineral Silk Radiance Powder Swatched dry – heavily without blending.
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Mineral Silk Radiance Powder Swatched dry – blended out

The Mineral Silk Radiance Powder applies smoothly onto the skin and blends out well but it can leave glittery shimmer on the skin.  It’s not the type that will leave much fall out and doesn’t feel gritty, but it will enhance lines as you can see in my photo above.  I highly suggest using a light hand when applying this product for that soft and “lit from within” kind of glow.   The radiance powder is quite pigmented and a little goes a long way.  Tap your brush into the product and swirl – then tap your brush before applying to the face to dust off some excess product.  Apply to the cheek bones for a gorgeous glow.

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Next is the Signature Eye Shadow Quad in Hynotic $44 (net wt. 0.25 oz / 7g).  This particular quad is gorgeous… though Raul E New York offers the quads in four different shade ranges (including this one).  The colors offer a selection of four shades that can create a gorgeous look of greens and golds.  I particularly loved this color range because greens are so gorgeous year round and something that can play up any eye look.  Each shade is shimmery so you do not have any matte colors, but creating a look is simple.

The colors are very pigmented and gorgeous.  They can be used wet or dry and apply with gorgeous color in one swipe.  Because these are mineral shadows, they can kick up a bit of dust (especially since they are shimmer), but they pack on the eye lid really nicely, blend out well and have great longevity over a primer.  I love the colors in this quad because you can opt to use one of the green shades all over the lid, in the crease or on the lower lash line as a pop of color.  They are gorgeous and offer bold color but can also be used as wearable shades for an every day look.

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swatched dry, without primer or base. One swipe each shade.

The Raul E New York Creamy Blush $29 (net wt. 0.10 oz. / 2.8g) is a gorgeous blush.  I have mine in Sangria which is a lovely shade, especially for my particular skin tone.  I LOVE that it has golden shimmer within, but the cream blush is very comfortable on the cheeks, blends well and leaves my skin with a gorgeous rose hue for a soft pop on the cheeks.  You can build the color up as you see the need for more pigment or use naturally for a little touch of color on the skin.  This cream blush really is creamy and feels so wonderful to the touch.  I love to apply this with my fingers and the blend or use a small stippling brush like my ELF Small Stippling brush to stipple the color on and blend it to look effortless.  This is a great blush for me to use year round and Raul E New York offers four gorgeous shades to choose from.

You can easily have all day wear with this cream blush if used over a primer or over your foundation.  I found that it faded on me after about 6 hours on my bare face.  The blush itself is quite pigmented but offers a sheen from the gold shimmer.  The shimmer looks very nice, not cakey or glittery so the blush can be used on its own to add some color to the cheeks and illuminate your cheekbones as well.

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applied to the skin with my finger, one swipe – no blending.
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applied to the skin with one swipe and blended out using my finger.

Choosing which of the three products I’ve tried from Raul E New York as my favorite would be a bit of a challenge.  I enjoy all of them, but I think I like the Mineral Silk Radiance Powder the best.  Let’s be honest here, we all know that when it comes to highlight… I love to glow and highlighters are some of my favorite makeup products.  I have been enjoying the cream blush to use on its own or under a powder blush and I really think the eye shadow quad has gorgeous shades.

The cosmetics I’ve tried so far are quite nice and I’ve been enjoying them.  They are a bit on the costly side, but considering the quality I think it’s fairly reasonable.  They are definitely not Yves St Laurent or Tom Ford, but if you are looking for quality mineral based products, I would check them out.  It’s a little high on the price scale than what I would pay – even if the quality is nice, but overall I think I’ve tried some really good products from the brand.  It’s nice to see that there are so many cosmetic brands out now that offer mineral cosmetics.  I love when products feel great on the skin and are good for you too.

You can purchase Raul E New York Cosmetics here: https://www.raulenewyork.com/product-category/collections/raul-e-new-york-mineral-cosmetics/

Have you heard of Raul E New York brand before?  If so, what are your thoughts?  If not, do you think it’s something you’d check out?

Signature Honey

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I must admit, I’m a terrible blogger sometimes.  For example – I have been sitting on these beautiful products from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics for months now, and I’m only getting around to writing and featuring them now.  Life tends to get the best of me and I find myself consistently playing catch up on many things.  But, the plus side to waiting months to write about these gorgeous cosmetics, is that I have had the chance to really try them out, test them out and really figure out how they work for me.  Today I share with you a look I created using some of the products from Youngblood Cosmetics as well as swatches of the products I received.  This is a brand that you may read about in the blogger realm, but it is not talked about much in the YouTube community.  I’m not sure why – the products… they’re gorgeous.

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Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics offers a wide range of cosmetic product from eye shadows and blush to bronzer and foundations.  They are a high quality brand offering pigmented products that are luxe and gorgeous.  Created and founded by Pauline Youngblood, these products were formulated to help conceal and correct imperfect complexions while offering products that would be good for the skin.

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After years of working with patients who suffered from traumatized skin from harsh laser treatments, acne, rosacea and cosmetic surgeries, Pauline Youngblood decided it was time to create a line of cosmetics that were not just mineral based, but good for the skin.  Youngblood provides the healthiest, highest quality products while empowering women to look and feel their best.

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So let’s chit chat about some of the products I’ve been testing out and using and my thoughts on each one.  I love when I can try a range of products from a brand and since I has not tried anything from Youngblood Cosmetics before, this was my opportunity to see what they had to offer.

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The Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Quad in Shanghai Nights ($43.00) comes with 4 gorgeously pigmented eye shadows and a Net Wt. of .14 oz / 4g.  The four complementary shades come in a sleek and stylish mirrored compact and are perfect for your vanity or on the go.  I love that each compact comes ready for a look and includes matte, pearl and shimmery finishes that blend perfectly together.  There are 7 different eye shadow quads to choose from so you can easily find one that will be perfect to suit your style.

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Left to Right – Shitake, Beige-Ing, Cherry Blossom, Bamboo

I tend to gravitate to warm shades vs cooler tones, but I really enjoyed using this palette.  The shade range offered you everything from a crease and transition shade to a lid and browbone / highlight shade all in one palette.  Each color feels like silk and applies easily.  I especially love that they are mineral based, but they are in pressed form which make using these really easy.  Used over a primer I can easily get hours of wear out of the shades – I wore them for at least 8 hours over a primer and they lasted and was as vibrant as ever.  The compact is well made with a sturdy magnetic closure so this makes for a great palette for travel.

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The Youngblood Cosmetics Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen in Noir ($26.00 Net Wt. 0.59 mL/0.02 fl.oz.) is Vegan and a showstopper.  This liner has a precision tip and offers great control and beautiful bold color in one swipe.  I love a great liquid liner with a tip that will allow me to create a wing easily and this is definitely it.  The liner dries quickly and stays put for hours.  Even with my watery eyes, I found that I could wear this eye liner all day without smudging.  I was quite impressed with its staying power and loved the precision point.  But what I love the most is that creating the perfect wing was easy with this liner, it applies nicely and made my job perfection.

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If you are looking for a liquid eye liner that is easy to use and control with bold color in one swipe and no streaking, I think you’ll definitely enjoy this one.  I love that it’s so long wearing and perfect to create a thick or thin line.

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The Intimatte Mineral Matte Lipstick in Vain ($19.00 – Net Wt. 4g. / 0.14oz) is also Vegan.  I have a beautiful burgundy shade that is an absolute show stopper.  I can’t wait to really get some use out of this color during the Fall and Winter months.  This lip color is super-rich and provide high-impact payoff with ultra pigmentation.

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This color is bold, so I would love to see how vibrant the more neutral shades are.  From what I can see on the site, there are 9 shades available and all in beautiful tones from pinks and nudes to plums, corals and reds.  There is a shade for everyone.  Vain was absolutely comfortable on the lips.  While it is a matte shade, it was very comfortable on my lips and left my lips still feeling hydrated and moisturized.  The formulation on this lip color is awesome.  Like with most lipsticks, they do come off with drinking or eating – but where time offered quite a few hours on its own and I love that my lips were so soft after removing it.

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Youngblood Mineral Radiance in Splendor is probably one of my favorite product sin the bunch I have tried.  Retailing for $43.00 (Net Wt. 9.5g / 0.335 oz.) the compact includes Vegan and Gluten Free products and is an absolutely gorgeous product.  These products represent a mesh of colors that are reminiscent of a tropical vacation and used together on your face or body or individually will give you a great and wonderful glow.

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Each shade in this compact is gorgeous.  I love to pick out the colors I want to use and use them separately on my cheeks or as a highlight and when I’m feeling like I want to go bold and shimmery, I swirl my brush over all the shades to create a gorgeous shade.  This compact is super pigmented and offers rich color with lots of great staying power.  If I apply this over a primer or use on its own – I get great lasting power for hours without needing to touch up.  I love blushes with a golden hue and a few of these shades have a gold sheen offering the perfect glow on my cheeks.  I can build up the color for a punch of pow or lightly tap my brush into the compact for a soft summer glow.

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My entire look (above) was created using the Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics I featured in this look (with exception to my eyebrows).  These photos were taken with my phone (as with all of the images on my blog lately) and as you can see – the colors are soft but gorgeous.  The lips are bold, but still wearable.

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The wing liner in my look was done using the Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen, which I absolutely LOVE.  And, I am looking forward to trying out many more cosmetics from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.  Overall – I think the quality of these products are superb and I love how they feel against the skin.  I have naturally sensitive skin, dry and eczema prone so some cosmetics can really dry out my eyelids or cause my skin funky flareups.  I love a product line that offers quality ingredients and great products.  Yes, the price point on their products are quite high – but considering the quality and “good for your skin” feel you get when using these gorgeous products, I would buy them in a heartbeat.

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I can’t wait to order and try more products from Youngblood Cosmetics.  I find that I pull for this brand’s products often because I don’t have to think about what to pair with my eye shadows – I have the colors I want and need for a soft summer look without having to overthink the whole situation.  If you are a blush and highlight lover like I am – I highly suggest checking out the Youngblood Mineral Radiance Compacts – they come in a few gorgeous colors for you to choose from.  And, if you are looking for a great liquid liner – check out the Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen.  Heck, check out all of their cosmetics, I know you’ll enjoy them as much as I have.

You can check out Youngblood Cosmetics on their website to see what else they have to offer: https://www.ybskin.com/

Have you heard of or tried anything from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics?  If so – what are your thoughts?  If not, are there any products you are interested in checking out?

Signature Honey

Disclaimer:  The products featured and mentioned in this post were sent to me for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  Affiliate links are posted through out.  Thank you Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics & PR for all your patience in waiting for me to feature these products.  I truly love them and apologize for taking so long to post about it.

 

 

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I have been doing really well on my Makeup Spending Challenge (you can read more about it here) so that is why you haven’t been seeing many posts on new cosmetics lately.  However, when I got the email for ColourPop’s Spring release, I literally couldn’t contain my excitement and I couldn’t resist.  I was particularly taken by one of the five shades so I figured I would get at least four for my collection.  Now, if you have been following me a while – you know that when it comes to ColourPop I have quite an addiction – especially for the shadows… so I knew it would be a warranted purchase… lol.

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The colors I choose and ordered were:  Luckfully, Wattles, Flower Shop and Belladonna Lilly.  When I seen Belladonna Lily I thought instantly of my friend Beth (Pearlznlacebybeth.com) because she wears that type of shade so nicely and of course, Flower Shop was a love at first site.  Let’s take a deeper look at each shade, shall we?

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Luckfully is a bright cobalt blue with a pearlized finish.  It’s absolutely gorgeous and perfect for deepening out the crease or used all over the lid for a stunning look.  This shadow does stain the lids a little though… so I would suggest using an eye shadow primer underneath and prior to applying the shadow to your eyes lids.

Wattles is described as a dusty beige pink in a satin finish.  I actually think the color reminds me of a dusty rose with a brown undertone… but that’s just me putting in my own input.  This is a gorgeous shadow to use in the crease or as a transition shade and also works well on the lid or blended onto the lower lash line.  It has a gorgeous sheen that looks like it has a bit of shimmer, but not glittery.

Flower shop is my favorite out of the four.  It reminds me of MAC’s steamy, though I would not consider it a dupe, it just reminds me of it.  It is described as a vibrant blue green with a soft gold pearl on top and a pearlized finish.  To me, it reminds me of a mermaid or her tail.  It’s a gorgeous shade of teal and turquoise blend with a gold/silver shift… or at least, that’s my take on it.

Belladonna Lily is a gorgeous pastel shade.  Described as a soft pastel aqua in a matte finish – this shadow would make a great base for Flower Shop or used on it’s own.  It has that pastel but powdery aqua look and feel to it and would be one of those shades perfect for Spring.  Used with Wattles or any of the other shades I picked up, I think this would make a great addition to any eye look this Spring or Summer.

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If you are like me and love a great teal shade, I highly suggest picking up Flower Shop.  I have mentioned this quite a few times already, but it is my favorite color out of the four I picked up.  I don’t have any eye looks to share with you at this time, but I cant’ wait to share some with you once I start feeling a little better, so stay tuned for those.

Also – stop by and check out the LIVE swatches and more on my YouTube Channel. Video embedded below or you can click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Are you a ColourPop eye shadow addict like me?  Have you seen these shadows and do you plan on picking any of them up?  If so, what shades do you have your eyes on?

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Who doesn’t love chocolate?  I am a huge fan of Too Faced and was so excited to hear that they were releasing the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette.  Since I already own the Original Chocolate Bar Palette and the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette, I knew I had to get my hands on this one and I haven’t been disappointed.  This gorgeous palette is themed around candy-coated confection and today I’m going to share it with all of you.

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The Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette ($49.00) includes an array of 16 matte and shimmer shades in cool pops of color, sugary brights and beautiful neutrals.  Each eye shadow is infused with the chocolate-scented goodness we have come to love – that antioxidant-rich cocoa powder formula.  The Chocolate Bon Bons palette is the third in the best selling Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection and it comes with a signature Glamour Guide that includes three beauty looks that you can use for inspiration.

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Just like the other Chocolate Bar palette, the Chocolate Bon Bons palette comes in a tin packaging that is sturdy and makes for great travel.  It includes a good size mirror and I love that it also includes the name of each shadow on the palette itself to make for ease of use.  I own the original Chocolate Bar palette (1st edition) and that was one of my complaints, that the name was not on the palette and shades.  I still hold on to that little piece of plastic so I know what to call those babies. lol  As mentioned above, each shadow is infused with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and smells of a sweeter chocolate scent then the other two (in my opinion).

The palette includes 14 brand new shades plus 2 cult favorites that will help in providing a limitless amount of eye looks.  The shades in this palette are perfect for me as they include a purple (black currant) that blends well with other shades to create a show stopping eye look with pizzazz.  The palette has heart shaped pans and the colors include rich candied bright shades that make such a great addition to the Chocolate Bar family.  I absolutely love it.

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The first row of shades are perfect for anyone that loves a neutral eye look or something for every day.  Molasses Chip has become one of my favorite eye lid shades and Satin Sheets makes for a great inner corner highlight.  I also love using Satin Sheets as a cheek highlight too.

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A full list of ingredients for each shade can be found here.  As with all products you get from Too Faced, you can be assured that it is from a company that is Cruelty Free.  Hi Clover!

At first glance I really didn’t think I would get much use out of the Chocolate Bon Bons palette, especially since I had so many similar shades in others…  It took me at least a month to dive in and pick it up.  I decided that I couldn’t resist and I’m glad I picked it up because it has been a favorite palette to use since I got it.  I created the look below using colors from this palette and was amazed at how easy it was to blend in Totally Fetch in my look.

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A tutorial/walk-through on the look above can be found here as well as a full list of products used.

Research has show that the scent of cocoa is a natural mood-booster, however – the palette and the way it looks (it’s bright pink packaging) would make anyone smile.  I’m very impressed with this palette overall and it has easily become a favorite among many in my collection.  If you haven’t picked it up yet and have been on the fence, I highly suggest it.  I’ve been a huge fan of Too Faced products and the brand for years and I’m absolutely loving the Chocolate Bar line.  The Chocolate Bon Bons palette was a great addition in my opinion and I’m really enjoying the palette and the gorgeous shades it includes.

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Check out the video review embedded below:

Watch the video above directly on YouTube, here.

What about you?  Do you have a favorite Too Faced palette?  Is your favorite a part of the Chocolate Bar line?  If you haven’t gotten your hands on this gorgeous thang yet, I highly suggest checking it out.  You can sign up with Ebates and get 4% cash back on your purchase – woohoo!  And, you can also sign up at Toofaced.com and get a nice discount towards your purchase.  Also – spend $50 or more and get FREE US Shipping on your order.  If you have tried this palette, comment below and let me know.

xo

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There is absolutely no denying it… when it comes to Colour Pop – I’m absolutely happy, ecstatic and in love with this brand.  Come on now – I own over 50 of their eye shadows and more than 15 of their lippy stix, so it’s quite obvious I have major crush issues.  As soon as I heard that Colour Pop was bringing in blushes, highlighters and bronzers, I had to snatch a few of them up in heart beat.  Last year (2014), I actually used several of my favorite eye shadows from ColourPop as blush and highlighter so knowing I could get the real thing had me dancing in the streets… literally.  I have been playing with some of the new highlighters now for a bit and I wanted to share with you my thoughts on them.  So were the new ColourPop highlighters love at first sight for me?

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I ordered:  Lunch Money, Spoon, Wisp, Most Necessary and Butterfly Beach.  Wisp, Butterfly Beach and Lunch Money all looked like shades that would compliment my warm skin tone and something I could use for a gorgeous highlight for summer and Spoon looked like a shade that I could use year round offering a great highlight for me at night.  Most Necessary – while I thought would be a great blush – I purchased because as I tan in the summer months, it would offer a sunkissed glow.

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Left to Right: Butterfly Beach, Most Necessary, Wisp

Each highligher is just $8.00 and comes in the usual ColourPop packaging.  They have 4.2g/0.15oz of product in each and the highlighters have that same mousse like texture we have grown to love with CP.  I find that they are best applied with my fingers, but also enjoy blending them out for a subtle highlight with my ELF Small Stippling brush.  The embossing on these highlighters are different from the blushes, bronzers and shadows and each one I ordered has a gorgeous shimmer and glisten to them.

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Left – Right: Lunch Money & Spoon

It’s obvious that I was gonna jump on these as soon as they were released, let’s face it – I’m addicted to the brand and price point… but I had high hopes for these and while they work for me, I was a bit disappointed with them overall.  While my skin is normally dry, as the summer heat hits Hawaii, I find that my skin lends to be a little on the oily side during Summer months.  Because of this – I noticed that when my skin is oilier than usual – these offer a VERY subtle highlight – not nearly what I would expect from a brand I have grown to love.  If I use it on my normal/dry skin – the highlight is deeper and much more pigmented.  While I know these will work well for me as an every day highlight, I find that it still doesn’t give me that “look at that highlight tho” kind of look that I crave.  Honestly, I get better highlight from Girly (a CP shadow) blended onto my cheek bones – then I do with these.  Don’t get me wrong – I’ll still use them and use them often, but I’m disappointed that they are not that “wowzers” kind of highlight I had expected.

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Left to Right: Butterfly Beach, Lunch Money, Most Necessary, Spoon, Wisp

I do not use Foundation or Concealer so I’m not sure how these would perform over face products like those.  I find that applying these first and then adding some of my favorite powder highlights like BECCA Shimmering Powder in Moonstone offer a really nice effect.  Keep in mind that I found these highlighters to flop for me when my skin was oily… when my skin was on the drier side, I noticed the highlighters all showed up fairly okay on me, so I don’t know if oily skin is the factor.

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In the photo above I am using Lunch Money blended onto my cheek bones, on my cupid’s bow and lightly on the bridge of my nose and forehead.  As you can see – it offers a subtle highlight in this photo.  I am using a moisturizer with SPF so my skin is a little more on the dewy side and even when applied with my fingers or my ELF Small Stippling brush, I found that the color faded on me within a 30 minute time frame.  If I set the highlighter with a powder, it will give me longer staying power and if my skin is dry that day – I can get a few hours of longevity out of each one.

Overall while I’m a bit disappointed with the longevity and staying power of these on oily skin – they worked well with my dry skin and I love the shades I have.  I pull for these a lot because application is fun and easy and I do not have to worry about dirtying a brush to apply them.  I love the color range available from ColourPop and the five shades I ordered are really pretty.  You can’t beat the price and they work well as a base for your powdered highlights.  Are they a complete miss for me?  Nah, I am sure I will make them work… but I think that if you normally have oily skin, these may not give you the pigmentation you would expect of ColourPop.  If you use Foundation/Concealer these may offer you a little longer staying time, but I use these on bare skin.  I have not tried them over a face primer.

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I also wanted to share the one ColourPop bronzer I have in Carry-On.  This bronzer is the perfect shade for me and offers a subtle bronze look.  It’s matte, creamy in texture like the other mousse like products from CP and retails for $8 with 4.2g/0.15oz of product. I am using this bronzer for a subtle/light contour in the photo above and it works.  If I use this bronzer alone, it works well and while it fades, it still gives me that bronze look I desire.  If I apply a powder bronzer over this product, I notice that there can be light oxidation after having the product on for several hours.  Applying this with your finger in the hollows of your cheeks can be a bit of a challenge if not careful so I definitely suggest a synthetic contour brush.

Just figured I would throw this in since it is only one product.  Have you tried any of the highlighters or bronzers from ColourPop?  What are your thoughts on these items if you have?  If not, do you have any on your wishlist?

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I think I’m addicted to ColourPop!

Okay – I lied, I don’t think I’m addicted, I know I am.   ColourPop is an affordable cosmetic brand that offers great products for very reasonable prices.  Their products are some of my favorites and I have been getting a lot of use out of their products.   As you can see from my ColourPop collection (pictured below), I’m definitely a fan of their shadows, lippies, blushes and highlighters.

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This collection was taken before adding the Metamorphosis Palette, Nillionaire and La La to the mix.

Recently I ordered a few items from ColourPop and I wanted to share them with you.  I’m gearing up and getting ready for the new release of their Liquid matte lipsticks (woohoo) that have been posted on Instagram recently, so I wanted to share these with you in the case you are planning to place an order at the same time as I and wanted to add a few things to your list.

I’m going to start with a collection that I was very excited to get my hands on.  CoffeebreakwithDani’s Metamorphosis Palette includes four gorgeous shades and retails for $20.00.  This collection has two matte shades and two opal/duo chrome shades.  This collection was created by YouTube Beauty Guru CoffeebreakwithDani.

ColourPop Metamorphosis Coffeebreakwithdani palette

  • Bravery- True medium brown in a Matte finish
  • Strength- Soft peachy caramel in a Satin finish
  • Hope- Radiant opal with pink, violet, blue and silver duo chrome in a Sheer Opal finish
  • Kindness- Warm red brown undertone with a gold, green and blue duo chrome in a Sheer Opal finish

Hope & Kindness make beautiful toppers over your favorite shades and have a gorgeous color shift creating a gorgeous finish and different color for your favorite shades.

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Left to Right: Hope, Strength, Bravery, Kindness

Next as a part of my order I picked up a few single shadows.  I have had my eye on Coconut since it’s release but I had to wait for it to be restocked again before I could pick it up.  I also have had Get Lucky on my list for about a year now but kept putting off picking it up.  I don’t know why I waited so long because once I got my hands on this shade, it has become a favorite and I’ve gotten some heavy use out of this shade.

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Left to Right – Top to Bottom: Coconut, Effect, Empire, Feather, Get Lucky, Liberty, Rex

I have wanted to get Rex for a few months now and decided that I would add this shade to the order as well.  And Effect, Empire, Feather and Liberty were colors I had recently come across on the site and I was intrigued.  I placed the order for these shades separately from the Metamorphosis Palette and the two neutral shades (below).

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Left to Right: Coconut, Effect, Empire, Feather, Get Lucky, Liberty, Rex

I also came across some gorgeous neutral toned shades and while I knew my collection had quite a bit of neutral like shades in it already, I knew I had to have these.  I added La La and Nillionaire to my order when I ordered the Metamorphosis palette.

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Left/Right: Nillionaire, La La

Nillionaire is a color I definitely recommend if you use neutral toned shades and are looking for something to add a little punch of something.  It’s a gorgeous bronze gold shade with flecks of pink and gold – it’s absolutely gorgeous.  La La is also a beautiful shade and perfect for an every day look.  It’s a copper like rose gold shade that is metallic but looks beautiful on the eyes.

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I’m not necessarily someone who runs to the latest fad or trend but I’m utterly impressed with ColourPop and their shadows.  I have tried many many of their products, obviously, and I find that I have been using and turning to my ColourPop shadows more than I have any of my highend palettes or cosmetics.  The look I created below is utilizing all Colourpop cosmetic products from the eye shadows, lippy stix and the light blush and highlight (more about the highlights in another post).

ColourPop Cosmetics

To create the look I’m wearing (above) I am using ColourPop’s Desert blended into my crease as my transition shade, Coconut Eye shadow all over the lid,  Rex and Effect blended onto the lower lash line, Girly (which was a previous purchase) applied as my browbone highlight shade, Ibiza (a previous purchase) as my inner corner highlight/pop of color and Feather on the outer corner of my eyes.

On my cheeks I am wearing Most Necessary blended so that it has a flush of color and Lunch Money highlighter as my cheek bone, cupid’s bow and down the bridge of my nose highlight.  I’m also using Carry On Bronzer to bronze and create a soft contour.  On my lips I’m wearing Tootsi.

ColourPop Cosmetics

I definitely am a ColourPop addict.  Did you hear?  ColourPop will be rolling out Liquid Lipsticks very soon and I already have my eyes on a few shades to add to my collection.  It is rare for me to fall completely in love with a brand and want to have everything and anything the offer but I’m so impressed with what I already own I can’t help but stalk the site – lol.

So – have you tried ColourPop yet?  If you have, what are your favorite colors or products from the brand?  If you haven’t tried anything from ColourPop yet, what do you have your eyes on?

xo

Signature Honey

Disclaimer:  All products discussed here were purchased by me with my own money.  All opinions are my own and 100% honest and unbiased.  There may be affiliate links through out this post.

 

 

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Ah, yes… I bring to you another Colour Pop swatch fest.  There is absolutely no denying it – it has easily become one of my favorite brands that I find I will head over to Colour Pop to see what is new versus over to Sephora’s website like I would normally do.  Today I bring to you the Shaaanxo x ColourPop collection.  I have been a huge fan of Shaaanxo for a few years now and was really excited to get my hands on this new collection rolled out by Colour Pop last year (2014).  I have been sitting on these gorgeous shades for quite a few months and I’m finally finding the time to share them with you.  Since the collection is still available on Colour Pop’s site, I figured it would be a great time to stop by and check them out.  While these shades make great ones for Fall and Winter months, I love that they give off that almost beachy vibe and thought they would make great Summer hues to pop on those gorgeous peepers of yours.  So – let’s get started.

Say Hello To Summer Shades With Shaaanxo x ColourPop http://honeygirlsworld.com

The Shaaanxo X Colorpop collection consists of four shades that were selected by Shaaanxo on YouTube.  This bundle of colors were selected to allow you to create a multitude of looks using just four shades.  The eye shadows are packaged together like a little quad and retail for $20 on Colourpop’s website.

  • XO: A Light Champagne shade with a pearlized finish
  • Selfie: Mid-tone peachy brown shade with a matte finish
  • Rebel: Mid-tone khaki green with a matte finish
  • Deluxe: warm red bronze with a pearlized finish

Like with other products I have reviewed and talked about from Colourpop – these shadows have that same buttery, creamy texture – almost mousse like and are very pigmented, offering huge color pay off in just one swipe.  But, as I discussed in previous posts – using these with a brush can be a bit of a challenge.  It is best to apply with your fingers and then use a synthetic brush to blend the shadows appropriately.  You can also use a small detailed shadow brush to apply in the smaller areas.  However the best color pay off is received with applying with your fingers.

Say Hello To Summer Shades With Shaaanxo x ColourPop http://honeygirlsworld.com

At first glance, these gorgeous colors definitely lend for a Fall shade range and I totally agree they would make a great collection for your fall looks.  However, after playing around and trying new looks with these, I find that the colors are perfect for those Summer looks that give that effortless vibe.  XO is a great inner corner highlight shade and can be used on it’s own to attract light to your eyes while showcasing just your lashes or your lips.  But if you are looking to bump up the look even more, try using Rebel all over the lid or run it along your lower lash line for a soft pop of color that brings out your gorgeous peepers.  Deluxe and Selfie work well together and when used in the same eye look can create a gorgeous bronze smoky eye perfect for those summer nights when you want a little drama and each color works well all over the lid or even blended together to create the perfect summer look.  While these shades are not traditional summer shades – they definitely will be my choice for the summer months.

*Quick note… Rebel can stain if you are using without a primer beneath the shadow.  It won’t have a long staining power – but sometimes may need a little more elbow power to remove it.  It’s nothing drastic though.

Say Hello To Summer Shades With Shaaanxo x ColourPop http://honeygirlsworld.com

My love for ColourPop cosmetics started around this time last year and I have since built quite a collection of shades for year round but I find that if you love neutral tones but want something a little more, this collection from Shaaanxo would be a great buy.  Every color you need to create one look or a plethora of them is included in this little quad of goodies.  I especially love that Colourpop has been including matte shades and increasing their matte shades available which make creating looks easier than ever.  When I first purchased from the brand last year, they didn’t offer any matte shades and this way – creating a “one brand look” is now simpler than before.  I’m not sure how long the Shaaanxo X Colourpop collection will remain available for purchase, but I definitely think it is gorgeous and I urge anyone to pick it up.

If you haven’t tried anything from Colourpop before and are a little intimidated by the color choices available, I think you would absolutely love this set.  Don’t forget to check out my other posts regarding other shadows and lippies available from Colourpop as well – which include swatches and all (links below).

ColourPop In Bloom Collection

Fun Spring Shades That Won’t Break the Bank – Colour Pop Lippies & Blushes

Not A Box of Chocolates Shadows & Forget the Fruitcake Lippies

I Heart This, Amaze & Other Gorgeous Shadows from ColourPop

See Colour Pop in Action – Summer Love Makeup Tutorial

See Colour Pop in Action – Winterberry Makeup Tutorial

So – I’m sure you have heard of Colourpop before… but have you tried anything from the Brand?  If so, comment below and let me know what you tried and enjoyed, I may add it to my wishlist.  Hope you enjoyed this post.

Smooches! xo

Signature Honey

Disclaimer:  The products mentioned were purchased by me with my own money.  All opinions, as always – are 100% honest and unbiased.  There may be affiliate links through out this post which I do make money from.