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.

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Surratt Relevee Lash Curler

Lash curlers most definitely divide the beauty community into two camps: either they are a must have or totally neglectable.

I personally love to use them and think they make a huge difference in how awake and bright my eyes appear. That being said, I was never sure if there is that much of a difference between the curlers you can pick up at the drugstore and the ones sold by high end brands.

That is, until I tried the Surratt Relevee Lash Curler. I had heard about them on Anna’s blog The Anna Edit and picked them up on a particularly spendy day, because they are a bit of a splurge.

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However, I haven’t regretted getting them one bit, as they are the most comfortable and effective lash curlers I have ever owned.

For one, they open up nice and wide, so the grab all my lashes easily and at once. Before, I always had the problem of not being able to catch the lashes at the outer corner of my eye, and with these, it is no issue at all.

The silicone pads are super soft as well, eliminating any pinching or pulling. I don’t know about you, but when I take any sort of apparatus near my eyes, I want to be sure it is as safe as possible and the Relevee curlers have been the ones I have been most comfortable with.

The curl itself is natural but noticeable without any weird kinks or droopy lashes. Plus, the actual tool itself looks absolutely gorgeous in all matte black, but really, this shouldn’t be a point (even though it totally is…).

So, a splurge for sure, but a great one. I am tempted by the whole Surratt Beauty line to be fair, but I feel that this was the best possible jumping off point.

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.

5 Product Face

While I do love to take some time to sit down and do my make-up, more often than not I am in a rush to get out the door with just a few minutes to spare for my face.

I am by no means averse to leaving the house with a bare face, but I do have a little failsafe bundle of products to make me look more put together and awake if need be.

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To even out the face, I start with a little concealer. The Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Warm is great because its light tone adds a lot of brightness to any red or dull areas of the face. While it is a little drying under the eyes, it works perfectly in a pinch and a little product goes a long way.

To set the concealer and take away the skin through the center of my face, I dust a little amount of the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in 52 Vanilla across the skin, which works great and doesn’t look at all unnatural. The powder is finely milled and low coverage, so it is amazing for finishing of the face without caking up product.

Because I am fantastically pale, I will always add a little bronzer to make myself look a bit healthier. The Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is an amazing shade for pale skins as it is light and not too orange, leaving a believable sun kissed glow.

For brows, I have been favoring the old school method of powder and an angled brush lately, but in a hurry, I will always go back to the Hourglass Arch brow Sculpting Pencil in Ash. It provides color and hold very quickly while leaving the brows natural and defined. I have used the color Soft Brunette before, but Ash is almost the same if a bit cooler.

Finally, Mascara is the essential for me and my love for the Catrice Glam & Doll False Lashes is still going strong. It is quick and precise, creating a beautifully defined and voluminous fan of lashes that lasts throughout the day without smudging or flaking.

And there you have it, a five minute, five product face that looks natural and pretty without much faff.

MAC Eyeshadow Collection

When I started really getting into make-up about ten years ago, MAC was the be all and end all of high end cosmetics. Being hyped up beyond belief, I of course invested what little pocket money I had into insane amounts of their products.

I soon filled up a whole palette of their single eyeshadows, which is impressive, especially for someone who rarely wears a lot of eyeshadow, if any.

So, after the hype has died down, what’s left? I still have a good amount of eyeshadows from MAC, but I have gotten rid of most of the more outrageous colors and have stuck to a more neutral palette recently.

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In my once-full 15-pan palette, there are the three colors that I use the least, Ricepaper, a yellow toned satin highlighting shade, Samoa Silk, a matte peach, and Paradisco, a coral orange.

Then of course, there’s the bronze-lover’s dream, the Her Cocoa quad from the ‘RiRi loves MAC’ collection, which houses for beautiful shades from creamy peach to bronzy brown.

The quad on the bottom left is probably my most used as it contains my all-time favorite, All that Glitters, and Espresso, a shade that I use almost everyday for my brows. Then there’s two limited edition shades, Carbonized, a blackened brown, and Style Snob, a bright taupe.

Finally, on the bottom right, there’s Club, a gorgeous duochrome shifting from teal-blue to brown, Antiqued, a darkened copper, a very battered looking Bronze and the quintessential MAC shade, Satin Taupe.

It’s pretty much a MAC best of, but I really do love the colors I have decided to keep.

Becca Ombre Rouge Palette

From my recent blog posts, it is easily deduced that I have become a huge fan of Becca Cosmetics. Their aesthetic is just up my street – natural, perfected, glowy skin and subtle hints of color.

While I am not the biggest pro at applying eye make-up, I absolutely needed to get my hands on their Ombre Rouge Palette, a selection of five gorgeous, earth toned shades that make for amazing, natural eye looks that even an eyeshadow newbie like me can pull off.

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From a creamy bone color to an almost wine-colored burgundy, these shadows are amazingly soft and blendable. There is a bit of powder kickback, but in my opinion, that is to be expected with shadows this buttery.

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My favorties are shade 2 and 3, a lilac-leaning light brown and warmed up taupe respectively, as they can be easily blended across the lid by themselves for a subtle and effortless wash of color. The camel toned shade 4 is gorgeous as well for a deeper, warm look.

All in all, I absolutely love this palette. It is sleek and compact, varied in color and tone and absolutely perfect for everyday looks as well as more out there creations. Becca, you have done it again.

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

There’s this strange trend in the beauty industry to put outrageously sexualized names on products. I think it all started with Nars Orgasm and now there seems to be a competition on who can have the most scandalously named beauty items. I mean, I get it. It certainly makes your ears prick up and makes for interesting and raunchy marketing campaigns.

So here we are again with a mascara offering from Too Faced touting to be ‘Better than Sex‘. On my ongoing hunt for perfect lashes, I picked a travel size of this up in the Sephora aisle of doom in order to give it a try.

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Now I already told you that I found my new mascara holy grail at the drugstore but the Too Faced BTS is an interesting contestant for sure.

It is, for one, one of the only actual brush mascara wands that I have used and like since I usually favor plastic bristles. The formula and the interesting brush shape however, make for a beautiful and quick application that left me with beautifully full and fanned out lashes. My lash line looks thick and dark with a few swipes and I was seriously impressed on first use.

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Unfortunately, the mascara runs on me pretty badly, leaving me with raccoon eyes after only a few hours. As much as I love the look BTS gives, this is a no-go for me. I’m glad I picked up the smaller size to try, but I would have wished for the longevity to be on paar with the application and result as well.

Actually, Too Faced have now released a waterproof version, which might negate to whole running issue. I haven’t been able to pick one up yet and I am hesitant to do so since I have never used a waterproof mascara and fear for my delicate and sensitive eye area when trying to remove it.

So please let me know if you have tried the Better than Sex Waterproof yet and if you have any tipps on removing waterproof mascara in general.