ColourPop Summer Collection Review & Tutorial

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I can’t be the only one who thinks of N’Sync’s “Dirty Pop” when I hear the name ColourPop.
“Sick n’ tired of hearing all these people talk about
What’s the deal with this ColourPop
and when’s it gonna fade out?”
I’ve indeed been hearing a lot about ColourPop and finally got to try it!
colourpop-summer-collectionColourPop sent me some of their summer collection and I wanted to give you a quick review as well as a look tutorial.

colourpop-summer-collection2Super Shock Shadows, clockwise, left to right: Plunge, CoconutNillionaire, Flipper

colourpop-lippie-stixLippie Stix, left to right: Fiesta, Toucan

colourpopsummer7Wearing the Fiesta Lippie Stix. This has a cream finish and it looks and feels slightly glossy. I love it. It’s such a gorgeous, juicy peach.
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Nillionaire got me feeling like a billionaire. This shadow is the epitome of a sparkly, metallic bronze. It’s everything you want and more.
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Pigment: Loaded. You barely touch the surface of these and you have full-on color. Nillionaire and Coconut are my favorites.
Formula: ColourPop’s shadows are the most unique texture you’ll ever experience. The best way I can describe them is silky, creamy pressed pigments. They apply best with your finger, which is a little bummer simply because I love blending with brushes. Synthetic brushes work ok though, as you’ll see me do in the video.
Wear: As with many sparkly shadows, the color can fade a little throughout the day, leaving behind just the sparkle. I didn’t have too much trouble though.
Value: $5 each. I mean-come on.

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Pigment: Gorgeous and packed with it!
Formula: I tried a Matte and Cream Lippie Stix and both applied great. The Matte isn’t at all dry!
Wear: Both formulas wore well, especially the matte!
Value: Again, $5 each. Is this some sort of sick joke?!
colourpopsummer8So, I know you wanna see how this look came together, am I right? Spoiler alert: it’s super easy but looks like you spent way longer than you did! Please check out the video tutorial that breaks it all down for ya!

 

Products provided by ColourPop for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and no financial compensation was received. This post does not contain affiliate links.

Anti-Sunscreens

Sunscreen isn’t the sexiest of topics. However, neither is skin cancer so…yeah. I found 6 products that act like sunscreen but don’t look or feel like it!

sunscreen round up1. Primer: Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30
If you prime before foundation, why not sneak in SPF and skip a step? I also like wearing this solo for it’s silky smooth feel and pore-minimizing powers.

2. Color Cushion: AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
Cushion foundations are everywhere and this one boasts an impressive amount of SPF!

3, 4. Setting Sprays: Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF30Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50
I love me some setting sprays. They really do work-preserving your makeup all day or night. I think an SPF-packed setting spray is genius and refreshing to apply too! Ahh!

5. Powder: Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45
This is one of my favorites. I’ve been known to skip sunscreen for a number of stupid reasons. Either I already have makeup on or I don’t want to wash my hands, apply a sunscreen lotion, let it dry and then feel greasy as I sweat away. This powder literally takes 10 seconds to apply, deposits no color or residue and because it’s mineral-based, there’s no absorption wait time! Plus, the brush applicator leaves you with zero excuses.

6. Oil: Vita Liberata Passionflower & Argan Dry Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50
I love using oils in my skincare because they feel luxurious and look glowing and healthy. For those that don’t enjoy the feeling of oil as much as me, Vita Liberata  has your back with this dry oil formula. I’m super impressed at it’s 8 hour water resistance time!

Memorial Day Sales

If you need to stock up on some beauty booty, this Memorial Day weekend is an excellent time to do it. Nearly all the big brands are offering discounts. Here are some of the juicest. Hope you and your fam damily have a lovely weekend!

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TEMPTU: If you’ve been considering investing in a kit-do it now! I use the Temptu system on all of my bridal clients. Here’s my review of the Temptu airbrush system.

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Tarte: I’d grab one of my favorite long-lasting blushes, Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara and their awesome setting powder.

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Sigma Beauty: Throw the E25 and F80 in your cart. You won’t be sorry. Here’s a little more on my favorite brushes and Sigma’s innovative brush cleaning tools.

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House of Lashes: If you need a lash adhesive that doesn’t stink, isn’t goopy and works awesome, HOL makes the best. I took advantage and ordered the clear and new black glue! The code is USA20.

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Glossybox: This is one of my favorite beauty subscription services. Check out my reviews here and here.

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TooFaced: Stock up on the fabulous Better Than Sex mascara and iconic Chocolate Soleil bronzer!

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Technically this isn’t a Memorial Day sale but still totally worth taking advantage of until Monday, May 25th. I love their silky Super Shock Shadows and Lippie Stix. See them in action in this tutorial I recently did.

Enjoy shopping for your goodies and we’ll chat soon! <3

Meet Root

Beauty brands are like awesome friends. You meet some that are so great, you can’t wait to introduce them to the rest of your group! Well, I’m pleased to introduce my newest friend, Root! Based in Waverly, Iowa (Midwest represent!), Root makes vegan, gluten-free, chemical-free mineral makeup that is sans fillers and full of pigment and customizable functionality. It is also very affordable, cruelty-free and made in America! I’ve been exploring Root’s products over the past month, as I’ve been creating blog content for them, and much to my mineral makeup skepticism, I am blown away. I want you all to know-if I wasn’t impressed, I wouldn’t be sharing this on my personal blog at all.

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It isn’t often that I actually get to meet the founder of a company whose products I use but I had the pleasure of meeting founder Krista Dolash recently. I basically interviewed her over dinner and was so impressed with everything she shared with me. I love that she is extremely picky about every product they sell. I love that she refuses to get her jars from China, preferring to source them here in the US and she’s willing to pay more to do it. I love that when I asked what her big goals were for Root, she didn’t say to make X amount of money, take over the world or be the #1 makeup brand. Krista said her goal is just continue to make great products but also focus and improve upon their existing ones, ensuring they’re top notch before getting ahead of themselves.

I already have some clear Root favorites-things I’ve been reaching for everyday, so I thought I’d share!

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1. Eyeshadow in ‘Holland’ This gorgeous champagne pink eyeshadow pigment is a heavenly color that I’ve been using on my lids both wet and dry and as a powder highlighter! It’s like a glass of pink moscato for your face.

 

2. Mineral Lipstick in ‘Kate’ Thinking of Aveda lipsticks, I worried the Mineral Lipsticks would have a dry feeling, dragging across the lips. Color me wrong. These glide on smoothly, no stickiness or dryness. This color is a warm, muted coral that’s subtle, but makes just enough impact. See it in action in this little Instagram video.

 

3. Original Bronze Powder This slightly cool-toned bronzer isn’t the slightest bit orange, is totally matte and makes for a pretty and natural contouring powder or even blush! I also can’t get enough of it as a transition color in my crease.

 

4. Sadie Mineral Blush I love blushes that veer slightly peach and this peachy/pink/coral hue is perfect. It has a small amount of shimmer which I find looks glowing and pretty. I also love pressing this over my lip color. All of Root’s pigments can be used anywhere on the face-totally safe!

 

5. Pearl Powder Mineral Foundation This was the big wow product for me. I have been notoriously anti-bareMinerals powder foundation. I’ve tried it several times and not only did it make my skin itch and get red but the coverage and wear was always lacking. That being said, I was legitimately scared to try Root’s Pearl Powder. “What if I hate it? What will I say? There’s no way I’ll like this.” I knew from the first application that this was different. Not only did it cover beautifully, even my melasma, but I experienced zero itching, it feels completely weightless, lasted all day and I thought my skin looked, well, beautiful and luminous! It doesn’t look matte and dead and in fact, doesn’t read “powder” at all! You can apply this in so many ways too which is something I love. You can buff it on dry with a flat kabuki brush. You can apply it with a damp Pretty Blender. You can mix the powder with water and apply wet. You can mix the powder with your moisturizer and apply as a cream. The best way is the one that works for the level of coverage you need and I actually think it’s fun mixing up my methods! If you want to see how I found my match with Root’s samples, check out this video!

 

6. Pretty All Day Gel Eyeliner This has a texture that almost reminds me of clay, making it stay on forever and allowing it to be smudged out intially, if desired. It isn’t too slippery or greasy and sets to a totally matte finish.

 

I suggest checking out Root if you’re looking for makeup that is natural, affordable, easy and awesome!

This post does not contain affiliate links. I don’t make anything from any of the links here. Root provided product for the purpose of creating tutorials but all opinions expressed are my own, wishbone :)

SoBronze Self Tanning Review

If you have eyes, you know that I’m pretty pale. When I get tan, I am tan, but when I don’t try to be, I’m pale as a beluga whale. I would never set foot in a tanning bed again because I understand science and I won’t be laying out as I used to do, sans sunscreen, frying my cells away. So what’s a pasty girl to do? Sunless tanning of course! LoxaBeauty sent me some SoBronze by Hempz self tanning products and away I went to tan-land!

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Here is what I tried:

Hempz SoBronze Facial Bronzing Lotion
Hempz SoBronze Instant Body Bronzing Mist
Hempz Tinted Self-Tanning Body Lotion
Hempz Touch of Summer for Medium Skin Tones
Hempz Sandalwood & Apple Herbal Body Scrub

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Before: Minutes after applying SoBronze tanning products. No makeup. After: 2 full applications allowed to develop. Makeup applied.selftan-helpers

Check out my video for the full review and application tips but overall, I really liked the bronzing lotion and mist. They gave me really realistic, noticeable color with no stickiness, streaking or patchiness. I applied with a tan mitt and aside from the facial lotion having a scent like old, dirty pennies and the body scrub smelling like old men, I was really happy with everything and impressed at the longevity of my tan.

Wanna bronze ya buns too? You can save 15% off sitewide with the code: IVY15

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Bridesmaid Makeup Tutorial

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If you’ll be dominating the position of bridesmaid this summer, perhaps even several times over, here’s a makeup look that’s soft and romantic but still totally special occasion appropriate. Because this look has soft pink lips and no black used on the eyes, it won’t steal the show from the bride or look overly dramatic. But don’t get me wrong; you’ll still look bomb.

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I used all LORAC products to create this look. I absolutely love LORAC-especially their shadows. I pretty much compare all eyeshadows to LORAC’s as they are the most highly-pigmented, softest, beautifully blendable and buttery formula I’ve used. The LORAC Pro Palette was my gateway drug into their shadows and I haven’t looked back since! Check out the video tutorial to see how to get this full face look and nail this bridesmaid thing!

Products Used

POREfection Mattifying Face Primer
POREfection Foundation-PR2
Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer
Powder Cheek Stain-Coral Crush
Dazzling Dozen 2 Eye Shadow Collection
Cream Eye Liner in Black Ruby
Take a Brow Kit
LORAC ‘PRO’ Mascara
Alter Ego Lip Gloss-Supermodel
Alter Ego Lipstick-Nymph
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On the eyes: Caramel in crease, Soft Pink on lid, Acai on outer corner and crease, Rose on center of lid, Storm at very outer corner.
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On lips: Alter Ego Lipstick in Nymph with Alter Ego Lipgloss in Supermodel on top.

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Blog Sale

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Being a beauty blogger and freelance makeup artist, I think it goes without saying that I have a lot of beauty products! My IKEA Alex drawers are meticulously labeled for a reason. I’m often sent items to review and either find that I just don’t love them or just can’t use them for myself. I had asked on Twitter if anyone had any interest in a blog sale and to my surprise, several people responded enthusiastically yes, so here we are! When I moved a few months ago, I took inventory of everything and these are the items that I just no longer use or need in my life. They have all been hygienically sanitized with either BeautySoClean makeup sanitizing spray or 91% Isopropyl Alcohol. You won’t find any lipgloss, mascara or liquid liners here as those cannot be properly sanitized. Most items have been gently used but condition will be noted. All items are sold as is and no returns will be accepted. US shipping only. If you’re interested in any of the items below, click on the item to view and read additional details. All payment is handled securely through Square.

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CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara Review

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I feel like beauty brands are trying to out-gimmick each other. This is especially true when it comes to mascara. Promises of volume that’s colossal, length that’s outrageous and 40,000 times the lashes! CoverGirl has a new player in the game, The Super Sizer, promising 400% fuller lashes. Does it deliver or does it just talk a big talk? Read on…

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The wand, ahem, the “lash styler” is slim with bristles made from spiky plastic vs. fibers. I prefer this style of wand so I had high hopes from the start. The formula itself is a rich black and the wand doesn’t appear to be loaded with product when pulled from the tube. Again, high hopes. I suspect that Benefit’s Roller Lash served as inspiration perhaps?
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So here are my bare lashes. I’ve curled them a little but otherwise, bare naked.
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Now behold my lashes after applying 2 coats of CoverGirl The Super Sizer.
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No doubt my lashes are longer and definitely thicker.
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Before, sans mascara…
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After, 2 coats on top and one on bottom lashes.

The instructions advise you to use the flat part of the wand to “drench” lashes in mascara and then roll the wand upwards to distribute. Call me lazy but I don’t think I should have to roll and do all this wrist action for something to work properly. This wand does indeed drench your lashes. They become so coated in mascara, in fact, that they stick together. I love feathery separation in a mascara and there is none of that here sadly. While it does make lashes dramatic and much more prominent, the lashes themselves aren’t pretty, or at least not for my taste.

When deciding whether or not I’ll recommend a product, I imagine my response to one of my closest friends texting me, as they often do, from the aisles of Target or Sephora, “what’s a good drugstore mascara you like? Need something new!” I would not text back CoverGirl The Super Sizer.

If you want to try a great CoverGirl mascara, LashBlast Fusion was a huge fave of mine years ago as well as their Professional Super Thick Lash.