ColourPop .1

ColourPop .1

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So, I have heard of the makeup line ColourPop, they are owned by SEED Beauty which also owns Kylie Cosmetics and KKW Beauty. ColourPop is LA Based, carried in Ulta, and affordable. I have heard some people RAVE about them, but I never felt the compelled to actually try them out.

Until now….

I’m on the search to break my Sephora habit and broaden my knowledge. This has lead me to get out of my comfort box haha

I hopped onto Colourpop.com about a week ago and started poking around. First of all: I was floored by the prices. Second: The range of products. I actually thought they only made eyeshadow! What rock have I been living under!? You can do a full face with them!

Then I stumbled upon their sister site Fourth Ray. This is a “clean” line of skincare. Perfect because I just ran out of my Caudalie foaming cleanser (p.s. I am sad to see they lost their cruelty free stamp)

ColourPop is cruelty free!

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I snapped up the travel kit that includes: Keep Clear Clarifying Tonic, AM to the PM Gel Cleanser, BFD Cleansing Oil, & The Lightweight Hydrator. Plus a cute bag! Total – $20.00

They all smell pleasant and so far seem really gentle on my skin. I haven’t used the oil to clean makeup off yet, but I do not see why it would not work.

The gel is effective, but so far unremarkable. That is A-ok with me 🙂 I don’t need anything fancy to cleanse my face.

The tonic smells like tea tree oil which explains the “clarifying” claims. Now I use Thayer’s witch hazel as a toner normally, but I do like this one because I feel like it might actually help me control my oil and blemishes a little better. Too soon to know for sure though.

I’ll keep y’all updated on the cleansing oil – But I liked it when I tried it. It is not super messy and I thought it felt nice on my skin.

The hydrator is odd. BUT I like it. It is very light and not a cream. Its a milky liquid that gushes out of the tube so be careful haha There is no grease or oil either. It coated my skin nicely, but I feel almost a tacky feeling after. I have not felt my skin rage and produce a wave of oil after applying it either. My skin needs hydration, but rebels against it most of the time.

SOOOO I have to say I will probably give some of these full size products a go!

The other things I grabbed: Lippie Stix in After Shock $5.50 

An eye palette – Karrueche X ColourPop in Brown Sugar $12.00 

Will update on the makeup products later 🙂

(sneak peek – the lippie feeeeelllllsssss  ssssooooo sssoooofffttt)

 

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That pink box is my new Function of Beauty – trying a new formula AND the limited Black shampoo color. It came way early so it’ll be a while before I can update on the change in formula.

Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix

Hey!

So about a month ago I took a chance and ordered my first Stitch Fix box.

For those of you who are not familiar with Stitch Fix: it is a clothing subscription company. You take a quiz to tell them about you and what you like or don’t like. They will continue throughout to show you pictures that you can say yay or nay to. There is a section to tell them about your measurements, body type, etc. It all boils down to giving the best info possible to your personal Stylist who hand picks 5 items to ship to your front door. You do not pay for anything you do not keep. There is a $20 dollar fee each box that is absorbed if you buy the box.

You can choose to receive luxury items or mid-level brands. I opted out of the luxury because I am on a budget. They also offer kids clothing now making this a company that can cater to the whole family. You can pick and choose what kind if items you want more or less of: i.e. shoes, outerwear, jewelry. You also pick your budget range – what are you willing to spend on certain types of items.

The box includes the five pieces, a return pre-paid bag, style suggestion cards, and a note from the stylist. You have a couple of days to decide and put the bag in the mail with any returns before you are charged.

I think this is a fantastic way to shop! Personally I hate clothes shopping because I get discouraged and tired quickly. I also pass over stuff I should try on, but don’t. This cuts that right out. My box had some items that I wasn’t keen on initially, but ended up appreciating. I had sent a note explaining what I was looking for and my lovely Stylist, Michelle, nailed it.

My box included: 1. Teeberry & Weave – Kayden Dot Stitch Pullover in Beige $64

  1. Market & Spruce – Hans Crochet Front Top in Black $58
  2. Liverpool – Betty Chambray Shirt in Light blue $64
  3. Bancroft – Tamara Bracelet Set in Silver $28
  4. Cosmic Blue Love – Callie Cuffed Skinny Pant in Olive $88

Now if you’re balking at the price…I did too. I took a leap here and it payed off. I have new staple pieces that are well made and will carry me for a while. There is a 25% discount for buying the whole box which played into me keeping everything – that was a whopping $75.50 on top of my $20 style fee. I did not plan to keep the bracelet or button up top because I have plenty of jewelry and a very similar top.

To justify some of this I cleaned my closet out. Like OUT. I’m down to basics, work out gear, and a couple lounge things. I said I wanted to upgrade my style and wardrobe and I did. In a month or so I’ll probably order another box. I have not set this to send me automatically, but to send on physical order. I can keep wasting money on clothes from Target that do not hold up, I can wander through Macys lost and buy stuff I regret, or I can spend around the same amount and get something quality and handpicked. I think for me right now it makes sence.      

My first impressions were: “Oh God. Green pants…..”

“Crochet…really?”

“LOVE THIS BUTTON UP! SO CUTE! WHY DOES IT LOOK FAMILIAR?”

& “I don’t know about this bracelet…feels cheap.”

Upon trying everything on and realizing that growing up means I have to wear some things I find a little on the boring side- Everything gets an A+ in the end.

The black top can be paired with color, the sweater will tone things down, the pants don’t make me look as fat as I thought they would AND they aren’t blue denim which I asked to avoid. The bracelet is cute and I ended up loving it while the denim shirt replaced the cheapo version I had hanging in my closet.

All in all I recommend Stitch Fix. There are a number of other businesses just like this one and I have not tried them. I mostly recommend giving this kind of shopping a try so if Stitch Fix doesn’t appeal to you then there are other options. It doesn’t hurt to try new things!

Here are pictures of my items:

 

 

Function of Beauty

Function of Beauty

Hey guys!

I started using Function of Beauty a few months ago and wrote a review on my other blog. https://katiedidweb.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/shampoo/

I hate the review haha So I hope to redeem it in time.

First order Summary:

No Dye, essential oils, goals- volume, anti-frizz, curl definition, oil control, nourish roots.

 

I’m on my second order of the shampoo and I still really like it, but it isn’t working for me the same way the first order did. I’m looking at trying another brand just for the heck of it. If I don’t I’ll just switch the formula up again.

The first round I didn’t like the smell, but my hair seemed to really like it. On the next one I changed the color to orange and made the smell peach ❤

The smell is AMAZING! I switched up

Color – Orange, Smell – Nude (p)each, Goals: volume, anti-frizz, curl definition, oil control, strengthen.

So my main problem is my hair seems to be getting oily quicker… I could just be crazy. The first formula had my hair feeling almost like it does when you use a clarifying shampoo. This one feels a little more gunky. I really didn’t change it much, but I think strengthening is not working for me.

I really really like and encourage this movement into custom beauty. Not everyone is EXACTLY the same so why shouldn’t we have something made to tailor like clothing? Only for our skin and hair. I also like that because they aren’t some huge commercial beauty co. the ingredients might be a little more carefully chosen. i.e. w/out sulfates, silicons, ect.

Function of Beauty does use some silicone – I am currently looking at trying Pure Mine because they don’t use silicone. There is much debate about the use of some of the chemicals and I am by no means an expert or even remotely educated in chemistry haha  I simply did a tiny bit of research and found that people with curls have been moving away from silicone…there are some awesome Youtube videos by some BEAUTIFUL women with BEAUTIFUL hair who talk about why they have moved away and what to look out for. I have found that the advice is solid and I am sooooo happy to be getting back to products that aren’t full of crap.

Here is one of the videos that taught me what to look out for – https://youtu.be/NAN7KE6RvGI

This hair adventure has been fun and is far from over haha I have given up on dying it after my allergic reaction to purple shampoo when I bleached it…. BUT I’m still lookin’ for the best products for me.

 

Let me know what your experience has been!

Impulse Buys

Impulse Buys

So after a job interview I decided to wander around Target last night. Of course I found myself on the make-up aisle and made a couple of impulse purchases haha.

  1. e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation in Snow (fair with pink undertones) $6
  2. e.l.f Sheer Tint Finishing Powder in Fair/ Light $6
  3. e.l.f Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose $3
  4. Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl $12

I’m pretty satisfied with my picks. The e.l.f. products are things on my “to-try” list, but the Physicians Formula was a complete “as I walked past” grab. It was so shiny and pretty that I just had to! Also it was the last one and this Target needed to get on with re-stocking ASAP.

 

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The foundation smells really good! I was so surprised, but I had heard Jeffree Star gush about the smell in this video    –  https://youtu.be/2reryH40uqM

I found it to go one easily and it does have this odd almost cooling feel as it goes on. The coverage is by no means full and it is pretty light weight. I put the powder over the liquid foundation and it helped add a little more umph. It also helped even out the tone because the color I picked is probably too light. I’m still on the fence with the shade – The Fenty I’ve been using seems a touch too dark now and I’ve always struggled with finding a match I felt confident with. I do not know how the foundation holds up all day yet, but I have a feeling it will do well enough. I’ll update on that later. This is not supposed to contain oil which I’m hoping will help me because I have oily skin.

I trust Jeffree’s review so def give it a look. I’ll go out on a limb and recommend this foundation. The shade choices aren’t bad and they even have the tone descriptions on the bottles, the smell is great, the texture is smooth and cool, and the price is great!

 

The finishing powder is pretty handy! It comes in a pretty silver compact complete with mirror and little sponge. I applied this with a brush, but the sponge is good for touch ups. I wore this powder in combo with the other powder I purchased all day it had a nice soft effect on my skin. It also soaks up my oils when I touch up during the day.

This can be worn alone or over the top of foundation as a finisher.

The smell is not unpleasant, but it is also not as mind blowing as the liquid. I totally reccomend it!

 

Ok, now the lipstick was odd. The texture is fine and smells like plastic. THE COLOR. OH MY GOD THE COLOR HAHAHAHAAHAH Ok I’m sorry..Its not that bad, but it is not great either. I was under the impression that “Tea Rose” was a mauvish color. It is really more of a purple mauve combo.

I laughed because the first time I put it on was in the poor lighting of a hotel room without a stitch of makeup to add color to my pale complexion. It was a bold, bold purply dead looking lip. I looked dead. It absolutely is not flattering alone and it still is almost ghostly when paired with full face. I can probably wear it if I’m intentional and it seems like they were trying for a 90’s throwback shade. I personally can see it being used as zombie makeup, but I’m being dramatic.

 

And the fun one! SHINY YAY! The Mineral Glow Pearls starts out with this pretty silvery shine and comes in a little plastic compact with a mirror and terrible brush. The smell is minimal and your run of the mill makeup smell. The top coating of the compact came off really shiny and silvery, but beneath is a nude color that gives a nice glow when applied. I wore this over my plain powder and it made my face a little shiny. Later I put on everything and this just gave my face a lovely glow and subtle highlight. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who needs a healthy glow boost alone or with makeup. My fair skin needs all the evening out and glowing help I can get right now because I’ve been off my normal diet and my skin is suffering for it.

 

 

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The Mineral Pearls gave my face some glow and the pic is in poor lighting, but you can still see the little bit on my nose! haha

All in all I’m really happy with the purchases and the best part is – they didn’t break the bank.

Any tips or opinions welcome!!

 

 

Cruelty Freeeeee

Cruelty Freeeeee

Hey y’all! I stumbled upon this article from BH Cosmetics last night and I thought I would share it.

Cruelty Free is a growing trend in makeup and a lot of brands just haven’t caught up which is a real shame. I personally stopped using MAC years ago because they are not cruelty free and I never LOVED their products to begin with. If they step out of the stone-age I might give them another try.

The article lists some companies like MAC that have not stepped up yet and it also lists the companies that have like e.l.f. Cosmetics.

I know it seems trendy to be on the vegan and cruelty free train, but truth be told I think this is only the tip of the iceberg on questioning our products and the ethics of companies.

Here’s the deal: I personally think that if we have to test on people then we start to look at better ingredients ( NOT TO MENTION NO MORE ANIMAL ABUSE GUYSSSSSS!!!!)  Maybe more people will start to question the quality and what are they putting on their skin; the largest organ of the body that absorbs everything. Hey I know most of you already get this so I wont preach a whole lot. I still have a lot to learn about it anyways.

I also hope that on this path they will continue to move towards sustainability and environmentally friendly packaging.

Anyways I hope you enjoy the article! https://www.bhcosmetics.com/blogs/bh-blog/cruelty-free-makeup-the-next-major-beauty-trend?fbclid=IwAR2XC1SAq-Z4qwZeMpNsC1uxln1UhFFrMEaCmFNUdh1JpBDD5KbVKPE4YBo

 

Body Butter/ Whip

Body Butter/ Whip

Welllll… I tried to make a body lotion thing…

I’ve done it before with mild success, but this time I got impatient and interrupted.

I didn’t measure anything either! Haha!

So I stumbled across my bag of organic cocoa butter and thought: “hey let’s see if you can make something good enough to replace your $35 body butter!”

I can’t.

Anyways, I put a mix of coconut oil and the cocoa together and tried to whip it. It was too melted so I stuck it in the freezer to firm up and left it too long. Part of it whipped, part of it hardened.

So I have a jar of a mixture that smells great, but doesn’t just spread haha

I’ll try and fix it later and maybe eventually follow an actual recipe.

For now.. don’t do what I did hahaha

Mascara Madness

Mascara Madness

Hey hey!

First of all thank you for taking the time to stop in and read my opinions haha

Second if you happen to know me then you know I’m a little bit of a brand-ho and I really like luxury beauty products… Like Sephora is the mothership. I dream of using Chanel and embracing my inner French girl. There isn’t anything wrong with that, but the reality is – this stuff costs money and some of us are on budgets. I’m a terrible budgeter btw. I’m also a notorious DIY-er with skincare which translates to messy experiments to appease my inner nature-loving-self.

OK! Onwards to my original point! MASCARA.

My original go-to is BUXOM’s Lash Volumizing Mascara. It’s a really nice formula and the wand applies easily. My lashes always look great! I have no real complaints other than the whoppin’ $22 price tag. I think it was only $18 when I first started wearing this one. The last time I bought a tube was about four to five months ago. The last tube I bought smelled really “off” and I used it anyway for a while before convincing myself that it was not my imagination. I bit the bullet and went back to Sephora for my OTHER go-to : Tarte’s Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. I discovered this one from a sample I received for a VIB thing. The formula and wand seemed to mimic my BUXOM love well enough. This mascara costs a lovely $23.

I do have a complaint about this formula though. It never seems to dry and I can scrape the stuff off my lashes with my nails. Not a deal breaker. I had an ingrown lash a few months back and my lashes are trying to recover so it looks a little odd in one spot. Unfortunately this one gets clumpy after a few weeks and its been clumping my lashes together so it looks like I don’t have as many as I do. The black is bold and great and it does make my lashes look long though.

Fast Forward to watching a million Jeffree Star Youtube videos and I got the idea to try drugstore makeup again. e.l.f. in particular. I’ve used e.l.f. products off and on since I was a teenager. Mostly for costumes, but it got the job done for a broke girl. SOOO off I went through the woods and over the mountain to the nearest Target! As per usual these days the shelves showed the signs of popularity. I prowled around and made some notes for my future online haul I plan to make. I picked up a set of bold false lashes for $4 just for funsies and snagged a $3 tube of black Lash Extending Mascara. (I also grabbed Pacifica’s Pineapple Flower Oil-Free Matte Mist- YUM!)

Well…I love this little $3 mascara 🙂 It is by no means a heavy or bold formula, but DAMN ALL MY LASHES are on display now. It’s a fairly natural look, but I’m so ok with that especially for day to day and potentially adding falsies to my routine. I took some comparison pics – they aren’t great, but you might be able to get the idea. I am NOT saying you should ditch your luxury mascara! I am just thrilled to find a budget friendly version that works really well and I hope this helps someone. Sometimes we just gotta work with what we have haha slaying on a budget is POSSIBLE!

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https://www.sephora.com/product/gifted-amazonian-clay-smart-mascara-P286101

https://www.sephora.com/product/buxom-lash-mascara-P228204?icid2=products%20grid:p228204:product

https://www.elfcosmetics.com/lash-extending-mascara/81436.html?cgid=eyes-mascara#start=10&sz=24

 

Let me know what your experiences have been! Any tips or comments are welcome!