ColourPop Haul: Eyes

Here we go again, it’s the rest of my ColourPop loot from late last year. ¬†While I certainly didn’t need any more lip products, the same goes for eyeshadows as well.

Still, the sparkly, creamy shades in the ColourPop range lured my in and I had to treat myself. This time, I opted for a nifty little set instead of single eyeshadows and the color range is absolutely perfect.

I choose the Where the Light Is set of four shadows curated by Youtuber Kathleenlights. A collection of warm shades from creamy mattes to straight up sparkle, this is right up my alley and makes for a versatile quad that creates a lot of looks.

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First up, the mattes. They are creamy and soft and therefore best applied with fingers or a flat brush. Cornelious is a warm, almost orange toned brown that makes for a beautiful nude eye that pairs nicely with warm bronzes but looks amazing and polished on its own.

Glow is a soft matte cream color that looks amazing in the inner corner, especially when you don’t want extra glitter or shimmer. It’s not flat or chalky but applies evenly with fingers.

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The eponymous Kathleenlights is a gorgeous, complex copper bronze that packs a punch and adds a soft sparkle to the eye. This looks great paired with Cornelious as a blending color and makes for a great two-stop warm smokey eye.

Finally, Blaze is a straight up sparkly olive brown that is so unique, at least in my collection. It is slightly darkened, so it is smoky as much as it is sparkly and creates instant drama on the eye. The formula is as soft as the others, but this is a special occasions-shade for sure.

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And that’s it. I am very happy with my recent picks from ColourPop and as you can see, I couldn’t hold out on trying them out before photographing. If you can get your hands on the brand, or if they offer international shipping again soon, be sure to pick up a few goodies and give them a go.

ColourPop Haul: Lips

Back around Thanksgiving, ColourPop offered a one-off deal on free international shipping, and seeing as I unfortunately don’t have a North American address anymore, I jumped at the opportunity and hauled a few goodies.

A couple of items were birthday presents, so I don’t have them to show anymore, but I ordered enough stuff for myself to comprise a two part haul (the second part is coming up later this month). First up: lips.

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Since I’ve read mixed reviews on their Ultra Matte liquid lipstick, I decided to stick with the tried and tested Lippie Stix formula and order two more shades – Bossy and Contempo.

Bossy is right up my alley, a neutral tomato red that is bright without being too garish. The formula is matte but not uncomfortable and easy to apply. Still, I would suggest neatening up the edges with a lip brush since the bullet is slim but not overly precise.

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The second shade, Contempo, is a strange one. A beautiful darkened mauve in the tube, this comes up a bit too cool-toned and grey on my skin tone. Maybe it is just because I am not used to seeing this sort of color on myself, but it looked a little off. I am trying to work with it nonetheless and will keep you updated if I find a combination that works for me.

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The formula, however, is gorgeous as well. Opaque in one swipe, this too deposits a matte lip color that isn’t too drying or flaky. If you can get your hands on these little lipsticks, be sure to pick up a few shades.

PS: For any other Europeans out there, I had to pay customs fees in the end. It wasn’t a significant amount, but I had to go pick up the package at the customs office, so keep that in my if they offer the free worldwide shipping deal again.

Fall Make-Up Favorites

Fall is well and truly here and while I (unseasonably) lightened my hair a few weeks ago, my make-up looks have made the transition to autumnal hues for sure.

The two looks I have been going for most have been centered around the gorgeous Becca Ombre Rouge palette, which seems to be just perfect for this time of year.

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For a more neutral make-up, I have been using shade 2 and 3 for a tonal, muted and slightly shaded eye. It’s subtle enough to be worn day to day, but the shadows are just beautiful to work with and make for a gorgeous simple eye look. On the cheeks, MAC Buff is one of my favorites as it is a wonderfully neutral sculpting shade that gives structure to the cheek without interfering with any other colors on the face. Finally, I have fallen back in love with MAC Kinda Sexy, a warm nude that is completely on trend with the slightly brownish 90s lip that has come back into style.

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For a bit more color, I have been using shade 4 from the palette all over the lid. A pretty camel shade, this is perfectly on trend as well and picks up the warmer tones from the rest of the make-up. The Becca Mineral Blush in Wild Honey has been my go to in the last little while. A darkened neutral bronze, this works amazingly in lieu of bronzer (or additionally if you are as pale as I am) with a hint of orangey warmth and a completely natural finish. On the lips, Colourpop Poison is a gorgeous brick red that makes for a vampy fall lip with a twist.

So as you can see, my autumn looks fall neatly into a category of neutral warming tones with the occasional pop of color. Seeing as I get so much mileage out of my Becca palette, I am so glad I made the investment and I will for sure be using it well into winter and next year as well.

Colourpop: My Picks

A few months back, I took advantage of the fact that I had a (semi-)permanent North American address and placed an order with ColourPop.

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With an insane array of colors and formulas to choose from, ColourPop are one of those coveted beauty brands that unfortunately don’t ship worldwide.

Being crazy affordable as well, I decided to pick and choose from their huge collection and ended up with three of their Super Shock Shadows and two Lippie Stix.

In true form, I stuck to the more neutral side of the spectrum and purchased Weenie, Cricket and Sunset Blvd. (from their collaboration with Karrueche Tran).

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Weenie is an intense rose gold satin shade, while Sunset Blvd. is a more camel toned gold with a bit of a sheen as well. Cricket reminded me of a powder version of my beloved By Terry Misty Rock, so I of course needed it in my collection. All of the shadows are incredibly soft and pigmented, which can lead to a tiny amount of fallout. This doesn’t bother me too much, however, because they are so easily blendable on the lid and feel absolutely gorgeous, especially considering their smaller pricetag.

I decided to forego the liquid lipsticks since I had already picked up a fair amount of those from other brands, so I choose their super convenient Lippie Stix in LBB and Poison, both of which are matte.

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LBB is a beautiful berry shade that works equally well as a full on lipstick and a soft stain. Poison is a unique brick red that leans a little brown but is incredibly flattering on the lips and about as far as I can lean into the 90’s brown lip trend.

They both are very comfortable to wear and while they are not the longest lasting mattes, their stick format makes them easy to toss into the handbag and touch up on the go.

All in all, I am beyond happy with my picks and wish I would have picked up more. The quality is insane and the only place where you can really see the low price tag is the packaging, which I can easily overlook.

So if you have the chance, make sure to give ColourPop a go, they are definitely a brand worth the hype!