Fem Rosa by Karrueche x Colourpop Collab: She Palette Review

Hi everyone! Whew, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted on here hasn’t it? I’ve just been living life to the fullest & haven’t found much time to write, simple as that. Also had a mean case of writers block for a few months, that was no bueno. 😦

Anyways, I thought of the perfect way to get back into the swing of things: snag a must-have item, test it, & review the hell out of it. What better product to do that with than the highly-sought after She palette by Karrueche?

For those unfamiliar with Karrueche Tran, the gorgeous actress & model & former girlfriend of Chris Brown, she created a second collaboration with the very insta-popular makeup brand Colourpop. Her first collab called KaePop focused on neutral, nude, & gold shades. Tbh, about 3/4 of that collection isn’t the best for ultra-pale skin, so I had to pass on it unfortunately. :/ However, her latest collection Fem Rosa, oh man. Metallic neutrals, soft mauves, & gorgeous rosy hues, this palette is a thing of beauty. Even the packaging is stunning; very understated but also on-trend. ❤ It’s no wonder this baby sold out in 15 minutes!

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So, after setting 5 alarms on my iPhone to wake me up in time for the launch, does this palette live up to the social media hype? Let’s begin the review & dive into some swatches.

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Honestly, after the the first two swatches I was speechless. The pigmentation of these shadows are PHENOMENAL, and all of these swatches are done without primer! This is my first pressed powder palette from Colourpop, and it certainly won’t be my last. Here’s an in depth look at the shades & their color descriptions:

Colourpop Karrueche Tran She Palette

Ladylike: a metallic soft ivory

Babe: a satin light peachy pink

Dainty: a metallic pinky taupe

Chick: a metallic subtle gold

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Mademoiselle: a metallic rose gold

Gal: a metallic red with copper duochrome

Empress: a metallic mid-tone pink plum

Filly: a metallic rusty orange

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Dear: a matte warm rose

Missy: a matte deep burgundy

Damsel: a matte smokey violet

Duchess: a matte dusty coral

Even though this palette overall is amazing, there were a few standout shades and a few misses. Although I wouldn’t even classify them as misses, they’re still pretty darn good. It’s more of a “not as up to par as the other shades in the palette” type of thing.

Hits:  Dainty, Filly, Dear

All three of these shades were soft, buttery shadows pigmented beyond belief and blended incredibly well. Dainty is a gorgeous color that flatters all skintones, Filly is such a unique vibrant metallic that’s perfect for summer/fall, and Dear is the best matte in this palette. All A+’s in my book. ❤

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A look at the pigmentation of the metallic shades. Incredible!

Misses:  Gal, Missy, Damsel

I know it seems crazy to have Gal on here, considering its such a gorgeous color with an amazing duo chrome effect. However, all that glitter duo chrome means it’s gonna be fallout city when applied, and if you know me you know I hateee fallout. 😦 The other two were difficult to blend and had a drier consistency than the other mattes in this palette. They even stained my fingers, which I found odd.

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My finger was stained after swatching the matte shades, never had this happen before!

Currently this palette is out of stock, but Colourpop will be refilling it on Thursday, July 20th at 10 AM PST in limited quantities. The She palette retails for $16, and if you spend $20 on any of the Karrueche Collabs (Fem Rosa & KaePop) you get a free lipgloss! Who doesn’t love free makeup?

Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a decently priced rose & coral-toned palette, you need this in your life. However, it sells out fairly quick and they are only restocking a certain quantity. I suggest being online EXACTLY at 10 am PST, maybe even a little earlier, to ensure you get one. 🙂

Click here to view the She Palette on Colourpop

Click here to view both Karrueche Tran Collabs

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.

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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.

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“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!

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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. 🙂

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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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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.

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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.

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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! 🙂