Too Faced: Chocolate Bar.

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I last made a review!

The other day I was testing out a makeup look for my Emilia cosplay and realized I needed more base eyeshadows.  If you guys would like to follow my Instagram where I post cosplay related stuff, follow me @Kellyjellycosplay.  The Naked 3 is really the only big eyeshadow palette that I have.  It has a lot of pink colors but not enough matte browns to use for base colors.  I was actually deciding between the Tartlette in Bloom palette, Chocolate Bar, or one of the Too Faced palettes.  In the end, I fell in love with the swatches from the Chocolate Bar!  And… it smells soooo good!! It smells like hot chocolate! Yumm!

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Too Faced – The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette (Source: Sephora)

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The packaging is so cute!! Sorry the lighting isn’t that good! 😦

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The back of the box lists all the colors in the same way the palette is set up.

I really love how buttery and easy it is to blend!  Most of the colors are really pigmented.  I think the only color that really doesn’t show up well is White Chocolate which you’ll see from the swatches, that it’s really hard to see unless you’re looking in a specific angle with really good lighting to even see the swatch.  I love all the browns, both matte and shimmers!  There is a bit of fallout with the shimmers.  You’ll find glitter on your cheeks when applying it.  However, the fallout really isn’t that bad.  I don’t personally mind it.  It has 16 total shades.  I wore it with Etude House Primer from 1 PM in the afternoon to 11 PM at night.  That’s 10 hours! And it still looks just like when I first applied it!  It’s so long lasting!

 

Time to see the swatches!! Warning!! Photo heavy!

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(Collective) ColourPop Haul.

Hello awesome people!

On trending ColourPop news, Jenn Im just had a collaboration together and it is to die for!  I love Jenn’s style since she started her career on Youtube.  She’s got a sweet, yet fun style which totally translates into her collab.

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They always hand-write the postcards! So cute!

There was a promotion when the collab first went live.  However, you couldn’t use any promotional codes.  Instead, you get a free limited edition Super Shock eyeshadow in the color “Birthday Boy” with any purchase.  Shipping in the U.S. is about $5. Processing & shipping took about a little more than a week.  Because I paid using Paypal with e-Check, the process took longer than if I just paid with a Credit Card.  So shipping is actually pretty quick.  There are two items that I actually bought a while back but I was waiting to buy more stuff from Colourpop to do a collective haul.

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Swatches

 

Lippies

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Top to Bottom (Left Side only): Lumiere Lippie Stix, Dohee Lippie Pencil, Dohee Ultra Satin Lip

I love the formula of the Lippie Stix and Ultra Satin Lips.  It’s not too drying and the colors are amazing.  I really like Dohee in both the pencil and liquid lipstick.  Dohee is perfect for the spring and summer.  It’s a bright orange coral color.  I have really fair skin so I was worried it would either wash me out or be way too bright, but it turned out to be a good match!  Lumiere on the other hand was a bit too dark.  It looks more of a dark mauve than other people’s swatches.  I think it might work if I was going for a vampy look.  The Lippie Pencil and Lippie Stix are priced at $5 each, while the Ultra Satin Lip is priced at $6.  For the pigmentation and quality of these lippies, the price is very inexpensive.  Be warned that they do transfer easily though.

 

Eyeshadows

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Birthday boy is very shimmery and matte.  It’s described as “cool tone golden shade.” Unfortunately since it was limited edition, you cannot buy it anywhere.  Cornelious is described as a “Mid-tone warm caramel in a Matte Finish”.  I love both colors and I am absolutely in love with Colourpop eyeshadows.  It’s so easy to apply and so pigmented.  The colors are beautiful.  They are only $5 a pop! Such a steal right?!

 

I can’t wait to buy more from them!

Hope you guys enjoyed the post!

First Impressions: Wet N Wild Brushes


I’ve been waiting for Wet N Wild to restock these brushes for a while now and finally got my hands on them! I bought them all online because Walgreens only carry like 4 kinds of brushes from the entire line. 

The shipping was very fast despite the Memorial weekend! It took a bit less than a week.  I placed the order on May 26 and received today, June 2.  

I love how soft the brushes are and the color is so cute.  There’s a bit of a dent on the brushes that I’m assuming is for you to hold the brush easier, but I’m not sure if it’s useful or not.  It kind of takes away from the look of the brush.

The plastic that each brushes comes in gives a description of each brush and the details.  The brushes themselves do not have its name or a code or anything to distinguish which brush it is.  That kind of sucks if you want to know which one it is.  I also don’t like that it squishes the brush because it’s more like a sleeve.  Personally, I think it would’ve been better if they sold it in a box packaging or just on its own with some kind of protection for the brush hairs.  That way it can keep its shape.

Most of the brushes were $2.99 except for the Crease brush which was $0.99.  Shipping to California cost $4.06.  These brushes are definitely affordable and are pretty good quality.  I know that not all the brushes from the line are good quality though.  It’s a hit or miss similarly to Morphe brushes, another affordable brand.  It’s pricier than Elf brushes though.  Compared to my Real Technique and Zoeva brushes, it does lack in brush hair quality.  The Wet N Wild brushes are not as soft as those but they are still good brushes though.

I love the crease brush the most out of all them.  It’s a great fluffy blending brush.  

I am excited to really try these out and give it more detailed review on its performance.  I do believe that if you can afford the U.S. Shipping, definitely give Zoeva brushes a try.  It’s actually not that expensive.  Shipping is really what kills your pockets. I still love my Rose Gold Zoeva set with a passion.  

May Ipsy Bag.

Hello everyone!

I actually canceled my Ipsy subscription for a few months now until I received an e-mail that totally reeled me in.  They were offering a free em eyeshadow palette with the May bag if I subscribed again but only for 48 hours!  I originally unsubscribed because even though it was matching me to what I originally put on my personality quiz, what I really wanted to get in my bags were brushes.  I know that a lot of people get at least one brush every bag and were getting tired of brushes.  Even when I changed my quiz every month and did the reviews, I was still not getting brushes.  So that’s why I originally unsubscribed.

 

I’ve always wanted to try out the em products ever since Michelle Phan launched her cosmetic lines but haven’t got a chance.

This month’s bag is really cute! I love that it opens up like an envelope.  So far all the bags I’ve received are closed with a zipper but this one has a button.  I’m looking forward to all the things in the bag this month!

Theme: Destination Chic

Ipsy’s May 2016 Glam Bag

IT Cosmetics: No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner (Sample Size, Full Size $22.00) (5/5)
The first item I was excited to try was the gel eyeliner. I’ve been looking for a good eyeliner for the waterline.

Gel Eyeliner Swatch

The swatch in the picture above is even after I tried to rub it off with just my fingers and then again, with some water. It did not budge at all! I give it a 5/5! It totally exceeded my expectations!  According to the box packaging, the eyeliner will set in 30 seconds.  When I was cleaning my hands with a Lysol wet wipe, it came easily so I would assume that it’s easily removable with makeup remover.  I think that’s fine though because you won’t need to pull on your skin too much to remove it.

Em Cosmetics – Artistic Eye Color Palette – Shade Play: London Greys ($28) (3/5)

Em Cosmetics Artistic Eyeshadow Palette in London Grey

After the eyeliner, the eyeshadow palette was next on my list! I believe this is a full-size eyeshadow palette.  On the Em Cosmetics website, it’s priced at $28.  That’s already more than the cost of my bag!  Sadly, they don’t have a name for each of the color so I’ll just have to describe the colors.

All the colors are shimmery, but some are more than others.  The palette comes with a bright navy blue, a dark navy blue that’s almost black, a grey, a cream-white, a bronze, and a light-nude peach.  I found that the colors with more shimmer (cream white, bronze, dark navy) were easily pigmented.  I didn’t have to go through it with many swipes to get the nice color.  The other colors were pigmented also but took some time to build up.

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This is the swatches shown from their website. It’s not as pigmented as this picture unless you really build up with a lot of product.

It also comes with two tiny brushes.  One of them is a double ended brush with an angled brush on one side and a fluffy brush on the other.  I find that the brushes would be way too small to use.

I do like the palette but I don’t like that it takes some time to build up.  Compared to Colourpop and Naked Palette, it’s not as creamy.  I do think that it’s a pretty good palette to take on the go and the colors are great for a smoky night time look.  I also love that there’s a big mirror on the compact.

The packaging itself is sleek and simple.  It’s an acrylic case. It opens magnetically. Some people don’t like it but I think it’s pretty cool.  It’s definitely not as cute as Too Faced palettes.

For this, I would rate 3/5.  It’s not bad and the price is decent.  There’s just better palettes out there. For example, Colourpop eyeshadows are cheaper and I find that quality and pigmentation is better.

 

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics – Caribbean Sun Bronzer Duo: Aruba (Sample Size, Full size $24.95) (4/5)

I really liked the Bronzer Duo. This is in the color set, Aruba.  The right side in the picture below is the blush.  It’s a peachy color.  The left side is the bronzer.  I’ve only swatched it so far but I really love the quality of it.  It’s super blendable and really pigmented.  It’s also easily buildable.  The only complaint I have is that the compact is very ugly.  It just looks so cheap and boring, almost something out of the dollar tree.  The mirror is gives a plus though.  The packaging it came in is so much better looking.  I just wish more effort was put in to the compact than the packaging it came in.

I loved the how it looks, swatched.  The combination of the two would look perfect during summer for that nice peachy beach glow.  I have super fair, neutral skin tone so these colors really give me some color.  I don’t have any bronzers in my collection yet so I don’t know how it compares to others.  But from what I’m experiencing, I’m giving it a 4/5, less one star for ugly packaging.

 

Glamour Dolls: Blending Brush #10 Sperm Whale Edition ($3.99) (3/5)

Finallllyyy! My first brush from an Ipsy Bag! It’s a fluffy blending brush.  You can never get enough blending brushes! It’s soft and dense enough.  The whale design is pretty cute.  I haven’t tried it yet so I don’t know how well it picks up shadows.  Price-wise, Morphe brushes and even Wet N Wild brushes can be considered a bit better and cheaper, too.  So I gave it a mediocre rating.


Trissola: Chia Smoothing Hair Treatment Oil (Amazon $27.97?) (No rating)

I haven’t tried this product out yet but it does smell nice, not too strong.  Trissola‘s website doesn’t show the price on this item but on Amazon, it’s being sold for about $29 for 2 ounces (the link is in the title).  However, the Amazon one is spray while this one uses a medicine dropper.  I personally would prefer a spray bottle for more convenience.  Sorry guys, I don’t have a rating for this one yet.

 

Crazy Rumors: HibisKiss Natural Lip Color in Coral ($4.99) (3/5)


It is a colored lip balm, very similar to Baby Lips I previously reviewed about (Chapsticks Reviews).  It’s not as moisturizing but it does feel nice and gives your lips a slight bronzey tint.  I don’t really like the smell.  It smells like most natural organic cosmetics smell like, a bit plastic-like.  I do think that I would use it but for $5, I’m not sure if I purchase this, 3/5.

 

Well, that’s it for my review on this month’s bag.  What was your favorite item if you got one also?

MAKE Beauty Review.

Hi everyone! Thanks to Brandbacker, MAKE Beauty sent me two samples to try out and review.

Here’s a little background information about the brand, MAKE beauty:

MAKE is a brand that finds beauty in inspiration. A brand that believes there are no beauty rules. That each individual is driven by an artistic approach to their own personal reality. That it’s beautiful to be inspired by your imagination. To embrace a whimisical approach to life. To be outspoken, intelligent, confident and un-self conscious.

Each year MAKE selects a resident makeup artist to collaborate with an expert artisan and creative outside of the beauty industry to inspire MAKE color palettes and create limited-edition concept collections.

MAKE is made in our hometown, NYC. It is paraben-free and never tested on animals.

A percentage of sales is donated to our non-profit partner, We See Beauty Foundation, supporting women-led, worker-owned cooperative businesses across the Americas.

They sent me two items: Silk Cream Lipstick in the color Taffy and Matte Finish Eyeshadow in the color Alabaster.

  

Silk Cream Lipstick – Taffy ($25) 

It claims to do the following:

Vivid, saturated color that does double duty as a protective moisturizing treatment with antioxidant vitamins, rosehip, soybean and safflower oils. Aloe and chamomile extracts further condition lips. Feather-resistant and intensely pigmented in true-wear shades.

The Final Verdict: The price is a bit average.  The color reminds me of the Laffy Taffy candy from Willy Wonka in the color strawberry but more vibrant.  I don’t even know if the kids nowadays still eat it! For those who never had that candy, the color is a like berry pink.  It’s very creamy and glides on easily.  It’s also very pigmented.  It has a bit of a sheen to it but not so much like a gloss.  I think the lipstick really does what it claims.  It’s very moisturizing. Because it’s not a matte lipstick, it will transfer when eating though. 5/5

 

Matte Finish Eyeshadow – Alabaster ($25) 

It claims to do the following:

Turn heads with this stunning, intensely pigmented shadow in an array of blendable shades. The velvety matte powder goes on smoothly with a crease-resistant, oil-free formula that looks fresh for hours after you’ve applied it. Vitamins C and E help to provide antioxidant protection for the delicate eye area. Apply dry or wet for a more intense finish.

The Final Verdict: Price-wise, it’s a bit on the higher-end for just one color.  I can’t give you an accurate review about the pigmentation because the color they sent for review was a very nude basic color.  I think it would be good for a more natural no-makeup look.  It is definitely blendable and to get the nude to show more on my very fair skin, I just kept layering more.  I’ve had it on for about 5 hours and there’s no sign of creasing.  However, it has faded a lot.  Note that I didn’t use eye primer because I really wanted to test the staying power. I do like the consistency of the powder though.  Even though it’s a powder, it does feel kind of creamy.  I think if you applied it wet, it would have a better staying power. Personally, I think there are other brands for eyeshadows that have a much longer staying power. (3/5)

I really like that their brand doesn’t test on animals and is hyperallergenic.  I would like to try more of their stuff in the future!  They also provided a coupon code for my readers.

Enjoy a special 20% off sitewide on Makebeauty.com with the code MAKEYOURSELF, valid through 3/1-4/15.

FTC:  This product was sent to me via Brandbacker for my review.  All reviews are my own honest opinion.

 

MOTD.

Make up of the day!

Hi guys! I just wanted to share with you my makeup look for the day today.  

Products used:

What’s your go-to primer and foundation?! Let me know in the comments!

February Ipsy Bag.

  

Hello! I’ve been receiving my Ipsy before the mid of the month and sometimes a by earlier.  I really like that the shipping has been pretty consistent.  When I saw the preview for the bag, it seemed kind of boring. Another nail polish, face exfoliator/scrub, and lip product.  It seemed a bit repetitive.  However, I definitely changed my mind when I received the bag and tried the products out.
Trust Fund – I’m Kind of a Big Deal (5/5)

 

It’s a beautiful rose pink.


I really love this nail polish color.  The brush picks up a bit too much product so I have to wipe it off a bit on the insides of the bottle.  It’s pretty thick too, so if you get a good amount on the brush, you’ll only need one coat.  I used only one coat on all the nails except the thumbnail which took two coats.  It’s a great color for spring!
Naked Cosmetics – Sierra Nevada 

 To be honest, I haven’t tested this out because I haven’t used a loose powder eyeshadow before so I don’t know how to apply use it.  It’s a very shimmery dark brown color.  It’s also too shimmery for my taste.
Best Face Forever – Exfoliating Daily Facewash (4/5) 

This exfoliating face wash is supposed to be a more natural product: free from paraben, dyes, and sulfate.  It says it has peppermint, grapefruit oil, and aloe vera. It feels almost like sand when I apply it to my face.  It smells like peppermint and feels a bit minty on the face.  It’s a bit rough but it leaves my skin feeling really soft and not tight.  It’s also not drying either.  I really like this scrub but I took off one star for being so rough.  For people with sensitive skin, it could be too rough.
Vintage Sparkling Lipgloss – Pink Sequin (5/5)  
I really like this lipgloss. It’s a shimmery pink.  It’s not too sticky like some lipgloss.  It gives a nice pink tint on natural lips.  I do have a bad habit of licking my lips a lot and eating my lipsticks so these didn’t last too long but they are easy to apply and retouch!


Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil

  

I’ve also haven’t tried this out but it’s actually the one item I’m really excited about.  I just haven’t got a chance to try it.  I will definitely update once I do!  

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Miss Manga Mascara and Loreal True Match Foundation.

Yesterday I was at Target doing errands like buying food and the usual stuff.  Of course I had to stop by the cosmetic aisle with my friend! I heard really good reviews about the Miss Manga mascara so I definitely wanted to try that out.  I was also curious to try the True Match foundations. 

 
   

Miss Manga’s brush.

   
After one layer of foundation and two coats of mascara.. I really did not like the way the foundation looked.  It did not make my skin look better or even the same.  It just made me look pretty cakey as you can see from the picture.  It especially shows around the eye area and clings to any dry spots.  The mascara, however, is really good.  It definitely defines my curled lashes.  However, it just didn’t give me as much volume as I was hoping so I tried adding another coat of the mascara I’ve been using, Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black.  Paired up together, they really made a difference!

Pairing up both mascaras!

 

The cakey texture is a bit more obvious after it sets:

 
I think I found my new combo for my lashes.  The foundation will be going back sadly.  I currently use the Misha M Perfect Cover BB Cream in the color honey beige.  It’s matches my skin tone perfectly and I’ve worn it all day many times.  Even after a long day, it still looks good.  It’s an Asian brand and not that expensive if you order off Amazon.  It’s just slightly darker than my natural skin tone but it just looks like if I tanned a little, that would be the color.  
Let me know if you guys want pictures of the BB Cream.

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IMATS 2016 Haul.

Today was the last day for the IMATS convention! I heard a lot of great things about the convention and decided to take my sister.  I actually wanted to go on Saturday but the tickets were sold out when I went to check the tickets online at the beginning of the month.  It was pretty last minute sadly.

 

Most of the items I bought and some free samples.

 
The IMATS convention was at Pasadena Convention Center for three days starting since Friday for PRO card holders.  For general admission, the first day started yesterday and ended today.  The admission ticket was $60.  I think Pro Card Holders tickets were only $40? It was a very big discount.  

 

The wristband after getting through the entrance line!

 
Our first stop was at April Love’s booth.  They had one of those spinning wheel for free stuff.  I won a $500 voucher to take the class.  The representative said the total cost would be $2500 for the makeup academy.  I don’t plan on being a professional makeup artist so this voucher was a waste on me. My sister on the other hand got the lash glue. 

I was hoping to get an eyelash curler or something else sadly.  If anyone wants the voucher, feel free to let me know.

I also stopped by Velour to check out their lashes.  I ended up getting the popular Whispies based on their recommendation for someone whose never worn lashes before.  I love them! They also helped customers who purchase something to apply them.

   

Velour Lashes in Whispie Me Away

 

Top View with the lashes on.

  

The lashes were evenly on but you can see one side pretty good. ^_^”

I also got an aloe cream from Hawaiian Moon.  It was $43 after tax.  The lady said she would give me a good deal and included 3 small sample size jars that I gave to my mom.  It’s not sticky at all and feels very moisturizing.  

 
Next, I picked up the Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet in the color Cailyn.  It’s kind of a nude color when it dries matte on your lips.  But it’s very pigmented and it’s super long lasting.  Water and soap are not going to take it off.  You’re going to need makeup remover to really get it off. It will make your lips dry so best to properly prepare your lips. It was the second to last one in that color.  They were selling it for $15 or 5 for $50.  But I didn’t want to spend so much on lippies.

Then we finally got to the Sigma booth.  I got the makeup brush cleaning mat and a brush case for my mom.  Each one was about $25.  They gave us two free brushes and a sample of a liquid lipstick for the purchase.  The brushes were the E70 angled shading brush and a kabuki brush but I gave the kabuki one to my mom also.

   

  

Sigma E70

I bought two other brushes but not from Sigma, a lash one and bent eyeliner.

  
And that’s it! That’s everything I got from the convention!