Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Product Review -- Urban Decay Naked Cherry and Elements Eyeshadow Palettes


Like many makeup lovers, the news that Urban Decay was retiring the original Naked Palette left me feeling strangely emotional.

I remember how much trouble I went to get that palette, how excited I was to play with it, how it seemed to start the whole natural/neutral palette trend back in the day. I've used it a ton over the years to the point where I'd hit pan on a few of the shades (and yes, I took advantage of all discounted pricing after its retirement was announced to buy a brand spanking new one).

To drown my sorrows over the news, I bought a couple of new Urban Decay palettes -- the Naked Cherry Palette from the Naked line and the Elements Palette.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Product Review -- Strobe Cosmetics Divinity Palette


I love supporting smaller, indie makeup brands, so Strobe Cosmetics has been on my radar for a while now.

In fact, a couple of years back, I purchased their American Horror Story-inspired palettes even though I've never seen a single episode of the show -- and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest.

The shadows in those palettes are richly pigmented, easy to blend, and just a dream to work with.

I'd been waiting for Strobe Cosmetics to put out other palettes, and while they introduced the Creepy Cute Palette earlier this year, I wound up passing on it because I just didn't think I'd get much use out of the neon-pastel shades in it.

So I was very excited when they came out with the Divinity Palette this fall, which had shades that were much more up my alley.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Product 411 -- New(ish) ColourPop Releases


I've been such a slacker lately that I've got a pile of products to review that's about waist-high at this point. In particular, I've got a ton of ColourPop stuff that I've bought over the past few months and haven't gotten around to writing about yet.

(Because seriously, they seem to put out a new collection every single week -- in fact, at the time I'm writing this, they're releasing a new collection tomorrow or the day after, and I know I'll probably buy some stuff from it... I just can't help myself.)

To get through my backlog a little more quickly, I figured I'd do an overview of all of these new-ish ColourPop items in one post. I also don't feel like there's a need to do an in-depth review of the items because the quality and formula is pretty consistent across the board and I've already reviewed most ColourPop product categories, so it just seems redundant.

So here's just a general rundown with some swatches. I'll be sure to point out my favorites, though.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Product Review -- elf Hydrating Face Primer


I've mentioned before that I have a hard time finding a face primer that works for my skin concerns.

That's because my skin is dry but I also have enlarged pores that I want to minimize.

Hydrating primers don't tend to fill in texture that well, and pore-minimizing primers aren't usually very hydrating.

Over the past year, I've fallen in love with the Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer, which somehow manages to do both of the things that I need it to.

But it is $18, which, while not super expensive, is a little pricey for everyday use, so I've been on the hunt for a slightly more budget-friendly option.

The elf Hydrating Face Primer seemed like a good place to start.

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