Get the Look: Colourpop Puppy Love

This is a new segment I’m starting (hey, new year, new things, am I right?) where I’ll do a quick pictorial of a look and the product I’m spotlighting. For the first post, it’s Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Puppy Love! ❤

When creating this look I wanted to play up the pinky-gold shift in Puppy Love, so I decided to do some rose-gold toned eyeshadows. Naked 3 is the perfect palette to pair with this shadow, but you could also highlight the champagne-ness with the original Naked palette.

September Favorites 2015 Urban Decay Naked 3

To start, prep your eyes with an eyeshadow primer. My personal favorite is Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion; Too Faced and Smashbox have some great ones too. Use Limit on your lid, and gently blend out past your crease. Using Nooner, gently shade the outer portion of your lid. This will create depth in the overall look. Lightly use it in the crease as well, blending out gently. Line your lash line with Liar, and highlight the brow bone with Strange. Now the fun part! Using your finger, gently pat Puppy Love on the center of your lid. The pink shift in this shadow pairs really well with this look, and adds that much needed pop of shimmer. Apply your favorite mascara and eyeliner, your normal foundation routine, and boom! you’re done. 🙂 Only $5, you can purchase Puppy Love on Colourpop’s site here, and check out my review on Puppy Love here.

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Products mentioned:

Colourpop Puppy Love Super Shock Shadow

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette

Buxom Lash Mascara

Urban Decay Eyeliner in Zero

 

 

 

 

Covergirl Star Wars Limited Edition Waterproof Mascara

Finally, 4 weeks after The Force Awakens premiered, my review of the Covergirl Star Wars collection is complete! This review definitely took a while; it was set to post just a few days after the movie premiered but I had to keep pushing it back. Speaking of which, if you haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet, what on earth are you doing?! Run to your nearest theater ASAP and enjoy this amazing sci-fi film. Everything about it is perfect; the acting, cinematography, music, and cameos are all on point. Plus Adam Driver and Harrison Ford are in this, and I ❤ them both so much.

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Rounding out the three lipsticks (I’ll link the reviews at the end of this post) is the “Light Side Mascara”. There are two mascara types available; Light Side is waterproof, Dark Side is the regular formula. Since I own around 15 normal mascaras and only 1 waterproof, I decided to spring for the Light Side version. These are the same formula as Covergirl’s Super Sizer, which also comes in a waterproof version. It seems that the only difference is the packaging. The Star Wars mascaras have quotes printed on them, Light Side are Jedi related and Dark Side are Sith. There are 5 quotes for each formula, 10 in total. When I purchased my tube there were only 2 available, so I really didn’t get a choice on which quote I received.

Cover Girl Star Wars The Force Awakens Mascara
“Do. Or Do Not. There Is No Try.”

Yeah, possibly one of the most quoted phrases in cinematic history. If you’re planning on buying one of these mascaras only for the quote, stick with the Dark Side; they’re way cooler!

Cover Girl Star Wars The Force Awakens Mascara

This mascara wand is a little odd. The shape is slightly bent to make it easier to apply, and the bristles are very short. When you want big, look-at-me lashes, normally a fluffy-bristled wand does the trick; obviously this one isn’t like that at all. However, after just one coat my lashes looked stunning! This formula is prone to being clumpy though, so I suggest doing the old tissue trick first. It may waste some mascara, but I’d rather do that than have clumpy lashes. 🙂

Cover Girl Star Wars The Force Awakens Mascara

Cover Girl Star Wars The Force Awakens Mascara
After 2 coats: long, beautiful lashes!

This mascara is marketed as waterproof, yet there are so many on the market that fall short. After some rigorous testing, which included taking a shower with it still on my lashes, Covergirl really wasn’t kidding! This stuff was nearly impossible to remove, even after scrubbing my lashes with my trusty water-proof makeup remover wipes. If you’re searching for a mascara to wear to the gym or the beach, this is perfect for you. Doesn’t flake, doesn’t fade, and most importantly, doesn’t run.

Cover Girl Star Wars The Force Awakens Mascara

Seeing that this is sold for $7 (prices vary), this is a great mascara for the price. The only con is that the formula can be clumpy if you apply it straight out of the tube, but that can be fixed easily. It would be interesting to see how this compares to the regular Super Sizer mascara; if it’s the same, I just might have a new favorite mascara! ❤ You can purchase this and the entire Star Wars range on Covergirl’s website here or at your local drugstore/Target/Walmart. Be warned, this stuff is nearly always sold out in stores, so online is probably the best way to ensure you get what you want. 🙂

Links to lipstick reviews:

Dark Purple 50, Nude 70, Lilac 20

 

Colourpop “Puppy Love” Super Shock Shadow

Goodness, is there anything Colourpop hasn’t been doing lately? They have been on a roll with collaborations, just a few weeks ago we were given some new lippies from the lovely Raye Boyce (ItsMyRayeRaye), last week Kathleen Lights released 4 more eyeshadows and 2 lippie stix, and there have been hints about Karrueche Tran designing some products as well. However, their most recent collab wasn’t with a Youtuber or Makeup Guru, it was with an organization. No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) is an initiative by the Best Friends Animal Society that focuses on reducing and ultimately ending the killing of animals in Los Angeles shelters. All of the proceeds from this product goes to the NKLA initiative. If you were wondering why only LA, why not ASPCA or something; Colourpop is a Los Angeles-based brand, and it’s a cause that’s very close to the company. 🙂

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Puppy Love is a pinkish-nude with peachy-golden duo chrome shimmer. This is such a universal shade that looks great on every complexion, it’s very “champagne-esque”. You can wear Puppy Love all on it’s own or over other shades; it makes a great transformer shadow. As with the other Super Shock Shadows, this has the famous creamy-powder texture and long-wear finish. My favorite way to wear Puppy Love is as a highlight on the center of my lid, although you could use it as a slightly strong brow bone highlight too. What makes this shadow even better? It’s $5, and all of that goes directly to NKLA. It is still available on their site here, but act fast because Puppy Love will be gone in a flash!

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Colourpop Puppy Love Super Shock Shadow

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Buxom Eyeshadow Single in Wild Nights

I’ll admit, while I don’t have an overall brand preference (I like to mix and match!), I do tend to have brand preferences for certain products. Bite lipsticks, Hourglass powders, and Urban Decay eyeshadows, to give some examples. However, lately I’ve been finding $19 an eyeshadow to be a little too pricey. College just started, so my money’s tight! Buxom’s new eyeshadows have been getting lots of rave reviews and for $12, it’s a WAY better deal than UD. While I was tempted to make my own palette of six for just $40, I knew I should just try one shadow out first before buying an entire palette’s worth. What if the consistency was dry, difficult to blend, or *gasp* there was fallout?! Making up my mind, I bought this shade, Wild Nights.

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Wild Nights is described as a “shimmering sugar plum”. It’s a medium-plum with orange undertones and pink shimmer. While that description sounds horrible (an orangey-purple?! Eww!), Wild Nights is just stunning. It’s such a interesting and unique shade of purple, I have nothing else like it in my arsenal of eyeshadows! It’s very pigmented, has a nice, smooth texture, and very minimal fallout. As with every eyeshadow, I use Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Wild Nights lasted over 9 hours without creasing.

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Buxom Eyeshadow Wild Nights Review

If you have green eyes, this is a must-have eyeshadow! This plum is perfect for accentuating your eye color, and you’ll be getting compliments all day long. In these pictures I used Wild Nights all over my lid and blended it out with Booty Call from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. Since this is such a unique shade, it was a little tricky finding a lipstick that worked well with it. Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien provides a perfect rosy pink color with a little shine. Buxom shadows are $12 individually, although you can create your own palette of 6 for $40! You can view their full eyeshadow range here. I will definitely be making a full palette in the future, these are just fantastic. Have you tried Buxom eyeshadows before? 🙂

Ginger’s July Favorites: Becca, Clarins, and Lush; Oh My!

Happy August everyone! Well, this is a bit awkward, as it has been August for the past 5 days…Anyways, August: the month of first days of school, last days of summer, and declining temperatures. I’m really excited about that last one, because it has been so hot and humid here in California lately! This monthly favorites post is a few days late but hey, better late than never. These products are ones that I had used repeatedly in July, some brand new to me and some old favorites.

July Favorites 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette- If you read my review on this, you might’ve remembered how “mehh” I was about Naked Smoky. Colors didn’t blend well, pigmentation issues, fallout; you know, the whole shebang. However I have been playing around with this palette for the past two weeks, and I must admit, it’s growing on me. Sure the darker colors are difficult to blend, but it’s not impossible; Radar really lacked pigmentation, but I can pack on the color! Just changing my mindset has made me enjoy Naked Smoky so much more. Current combo fave: Combust+Dirtysweet+Radar+Thirteen+High.

July Favorites 2015 Naked Smoky

Combust, Dirtysweet, Radar, Thirteen, and High
Combust, Dirtysweet, Radar, Thirteen, and High

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone- This highlighter is an old favorite, that is also a sort of a “new to me” product; let me explain. For the past few months, I’ve been using Becca highlighter minis in Opal and Moonstone to fuel my Strobing obsession. When the August Rouge Event came up on Sunday the 2nd, I decided to purchase a deluxe size Skin Perfector in Moonstone. Even though I technically bought this in August, I also used it sparingly in July as well. I still have some Opal left, but I find the pale gold in Moonstone is a bit more flattering than the tan shimmer in Opal. Pale Girl Problems, am I right? Becca highlighters are so beautiful, have great texture and lasting power, and are shimmery instead of glittery, which is a nice change from some of the other highlighters on the market. They are perfect for a subtle highlight, and are great for mixing in with foundation for a nice all-over glow.

July Favorites 2015 Becca Moonstone

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Lush Cosmetics The Olive Branch Shower Gel- There is literally no other way to describe this product than with one word: perfection. Olive Branch contains mandarin juice, bergamot oil, sea salt, orange flower absolute, and olive oil. While these ingredients do not seem like they would get along at all, they somehow do, and it smells amazing! The olive oil helps soften the skin, and the essential oils give this gel a subdued floral/orange scent. It’s reminiscent of the Mediterranean, and the soothing scent lasts forever on your skin. Olive Branch is a gorgeous shade of orange and has a foam layer on top. This is the olive oil, which requires you to shake the bottle before use; otherwise you risk washing yourself with straight up olive oil! This product will definitely be a repurchase.

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Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara- This mascara came into my possession through a makeup trade, and I am so glad my trade partner sent me this. Lights, Camera, Lashes claims to increase the appearance of lash volume by 330%, which seems like a pretty steep claim. After using this mascara for 3 weeks, my lashes have changed dramatically. They are longer, softer, and so voluminous it’s almost unbelievable! One of the many downfalls of being a ginger is having super blonde, short, stubby eyelashes. In the past I had to use 3 different mascaras to get the look that Tarte gives me; Buxom Lash as a base, YSL Babydoll for length, and MUFE Smoky Extravagant for volume. Let’s just say this one tube has saved me over $50 on mascara, which is a blessing for my wallet. The packaging is super cute, and the only downfall is that sometimes too much product gets on the brush, which can sometimes clump; good thing they make eyelash combs! This mascara just might be a Holy Grail product.

July Favorites 2015 Tarte Mascara

Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate- If you have puffy, swollen eyes in the morning from pulling an all-nighter, this is the product for you. If you have fine lines and wrinkles, this is the product for you. If you have eyes, this is the product for you. I cannot stress enough how important skincare is for everyone, even men, and this is the perfect eye cream. After applying to the entire eye area, you will notice a change within a few minutes; it’s like magic! Maybe this should be called Magic Cream, because it is turns puffiness into a disappearing act. As a college student, it’s expected that I work on papers and assignments into the wee hours of the morning. When it’s time to wake up, it looks like I went 10 rounds with Pacquiao. That’s when this little miracle worker comes in handy, because I honestly can’t afford to use it everyday. Claris Eye Concentrate has an $83 price tag, something that is just a little out of my price range at the moment. This will be a splurge product for sure.

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What were your favorite July products? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Urban Decay “Naked Smoky”: Looks & Review

One week later, and the review is done. Looks have been created, shadows have been tested, everything is complete. Now the big question: Is this palette worth the hype? This is a very tricky question, as so many things must be factored into my opinion. I own all three of the other palettes, so I’m using them in comparisons of pigmentations, blending ability, and lasting power. Here are three looks I created, one using the gold/brown shades, one using silver and grey, and another using grey and black.

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Look #1: Combust on the lid, Dirtysweet on the outer eye corner, inner eye corner and crease, Radar on the outer eye corner and slightly blended into crease, High used on center of lid, Thirteen on the brow bone and blended into crease, eyes lined with Whiskey.

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Look #2: Combust on the eye area as a base, Password and Slanted on the lid, Dagger on the outer eye corner and crease, Armor on the center of the lid, Thirteen on the brow bone and blended into the crease, eyes lined with Black Market.

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Look #3: Combust on the eye area as a base, Password on the lid, Dagger on the outer eye corner and crease, Smolder on the outer eye corner, Thirteen used as a brow bone and lid highlight, eyes lined with Black Market.

If I had to rate all the palettes on an overall basis, I’d give Naked an A, Naked 2 an A+, Naked 3 a B+, and Naked Smoky a B, on the verge of a B-. These shadows are very nice for a smoky eye, but there is one glaring problem: a good amount of these shadows are VERY difficult to blend. Some of the darker shades were powdery (Black Market and Dagger), some weren’t as pigmented (Radar and Slanted), and some had fallout (Armor and High). However, with all these problems set aside, I do like this palette. Dirtysweet is absolutely gorgeous, and I’d say my favorite shadow out of all the Naked palettes! Despite having a lot darker colors, the lighter shades make it possible to do a nice everyday look.

If you are trying to decide between Naked Smoky or another Naked palette, go for the other palette. I don’t think this is a necessary palette; but if you have that innate need to complete a collection like myself or are actually interested in this palette, I’d say go for it. Naked Smoky is very nice, it’s just that it’s predecessors are better. Let’s take a look at my favorites and fails:

Favorites: Dirtysweet, a beautiful shimmering golden bronze, very pigmented and blends like a dream. Slanted, a pretty light-metallic grey, lacked some pigmentation but it’s great for shading. Password, a taupe-grey matte, a buttery matte that’s great for great for shading. Whiskey, a deep brown matte, extremely pigmented and great as a liner. Thirteen, a light beige matte, perfect for lightening areas and as a transitioning shade into the brow bone.

Fails: Radar, a sparkling brown, really lacked pigmentation. Armor, a metallic silver-brown with sparkle, really cool shade, but has major fallout problems. Dagger, a medium charcoal with some light shimmer, very pigmented but chalky and difficult to blend. Black Market, a black satin, powdery and difficult to blend. Smolder, a deep plum-taupe, powdery, was expecting more purple, it’s just another gray shade.