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ColourPop Haul with Swatches

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Again, someone please take my debit card away from me…I can’t stop buying makeup! I love love love ColourPop so of course I had to buy some new goodies to try out and share with you all. ColourPop is one of my favorite brands because their products are so affordable and the quality is absolutely outstanding for what you pay. They have a variety of products ranging from lipsticks, eyeliners, eyeshadows, brow products and cheek/highlighter products. There is honestly something for everyone and their prices range from $5-$8 for a single item and usually $20+ if you are getting a collection of stuff. I picked up a variety of things (some products I have tried before and some I haven’t!)

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ColourPop usually warns that their processing + shipping time may be longer due to a higher demand, but I’ve never had a problem with their packages. Everything has been shipped out quickly and processed quickly too (I know that’s not the case for everyone.)

I picked up 8 items, one of them was an eyeshadow quad set that Kathleen Lights had collaborated with ColourPop to make.

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I have tried their shadows before (Hanky Panky, to be exact) and I absolutely love the formula and how unique it is. They’re SO creamy and pigmented and have great wear power to them. They suggest to keep the packages closed tightly so the shadows don’t dry out.

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Here’s a close up shot of Glow from the Where The Light Is collection. I love the texture that’s on their shadows. I’m not sure how much product you get in each, but these colors can be bought individually.

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Here are the swatches from the Where The Light Is collection that I labeled for you. Their matte shadows are truly matte and aren’t powdery on the skin because of their super awesome creamy formula. Glow and Cornelious are mattes and Blaze and KathleenLights are metallics/shimmers. I feel like you could create a couple looks with this quad set. Blaze is a super amazing color and I can’t wait to play with it! KathleenLights is also a super gorgeous copper color that I’m excited to play with too.

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And in case you didn’t believe me about their wear power…I used a makeup remover wipe on the swatches just minutes after swatching them and they stained me until I rubbed a little bit harder (I had to use a micellar water) but I’m definitely not complaining. I want shadows that won’t fade throughout the day.

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Showing some more love to Kathleen, here’s her shade Weenie (I’m really not sure why Weenie is showing up as a bronze color because it definitely is a beautiful rose gold shade).

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Here’s a swatch of Weenie on my pale arm! Looks a little more true to color here (I guess I won’t take my blog photos at night anymore!)

stoletheshow stoletheshow2 stoletheshow3This Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in Stole the Show was one of the different products I tried out. This was $8 but is bigger than the shadows. No cool texture on it though, like there is on the shadows, what a bummer. This has the same creamy, soft texture and formula like the shadows do. I really like this highlight because it’s not too showy/flashy and looks really nice on the skin. (I think I bought this because Jeffree Starr was raving about it).

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This is a crappy iPhone quality photo, but my camera wasn’t doing my swatch pictures any justice. But it’s a very nice highlight for my fellow pale girls (or even those who like white highlights!)

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I also have never tried their liners before so I really wanted to, since I’ve heard good reviews. I picked up Show Me from their créme liner collection (they have the liners in gel form too!) I was seriously SO surprised how well this liner sat on my waterline. I’ve always had issues with my liner rubbing off my waterline and making a mess, or creating a ring around my contact lens…this liner was amazing. It stayed put all day, literally. Fully intact, didn’t fade, didn’t more. It was awesome! I wore it on my waterline and as a winged liner one day too, and even with me fiddling with my eyes (I’m an eye rubber) it really didn’t smudge or fade. I’m really amazed and now I want every color of liner they have. I highly recommend this color (& it looks great with blue eyes, totally made mine POP!)

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Here’s a swatch of Show Me liner. It’s so creamy and pigmented and smooth and dreamy and ahhhh, I love it.

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I wanted to compare Show Me to a higher end brand liner I have which I swatched below ColourPop’s liner. It’s the Jac B. Bronze liner from theBalm. It’s $17 and probably has the same amount of product as ColourPop’s liners. I prefer the ColourPop one for three reasons: the price difference, the pigmentation and how creamy their formula is (theBalm’s formula is a little stiff and hard to work with).

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I’ve tried their lippie stix before and have shown you some swatches on le blog and on my YouTube channel. I wanted to try out a new color for fall, so I got Grunge, which is honestly a really intimidating color for me since I’m so pale. I haven’t tried it on my lips yet, but I did swatch it on my hand and it looks like it would be a great color for fall. It’s definitely that 90’s babe color. It’s also a matte finish, which I do like, but only in their lippie stix (me + the ultra matte lips do not get along). Although it is matte, it applies creamy and smooth and dries down well. They have great staying power + staining power, so keep the coconut oil handy to help get the color off!

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Here’s a poorly lit swatch of GrungeI’m glad to have it in my collection since I haven’t had a color like this before.

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And lastly, I bought three new ultra satin lips to add to my collection. I got Dopey, Spritz and LittlestitiousI love the ultra satin lips, because they aren’t too glossy and aren’t too matte – I would really call them like a semi-matte finish, but it looks natural. They aren’t transfer proof but they are a perfect formula for everyday wear. I wish they had more colors in the ultra satin line, but I’m sure that they’re working on it! I apparently like pinky/purpley colors on the lips, since my two other ultra satin lips aren’t too far off in color (I’m really good at buying similar colors).

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Another poorly lit swatch photo, they definitely aren’t this deep/dark in person – but they are beautiful shades and if you are considering buying some, I definitely recommend the colors I got!

 

Are you a fan of ColourPop? What’s your favorite product from them? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

 

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed the post!

Xoxo,

Rae

 

Disclaimer: All products mentioned were bought with my own money. All opinions are 100% honest and are my own. No one is paying/sponsoring me to make this post. The links in this post are NOT affiliate links, just links to show you the products.

June 22, 2016
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Why I Made the Switch to Natural Deodorant

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Hey lovelies! I can’t believe that it’s June already, time is totally flying by. Today’s post is all about how and why I switched to natural deodorant (& why you should too!)

I was introduced into natural deodorant a few months ago, shortly after I transitioned into cruelty free beauty. I was looking for an alternative to the deodorant/antiperspirant that I was using from Degree, but I didn’t only change because I wanted something cruelty free – I realized how BAD antiperspirants are for you. Not to mention, I would always get gray marks on my light colored shirts from the antiperspirant which was really irritating because I ruined so many shirts. I decided to do some research and stumbled upon Schmidt’s natural deodorants, when I first found them, they only had one type of formula that included baking soda (which unfortunately made my arms irritated and I got a rash so stopped using it). They have two different formulas now, one for sensitive skin & their original. You can get the original formula in stick form or in a jar, and the sensitive formula in a stick. (For whatever reason, you get more product in the sensitive formula?)

Before we go any further, I want to compare ingredients between the two different deodorants (although one is an antiperspirant/deodorant – you get the point…)

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 8.26.22 PMHere are the ingredients of the old antiperspirant I used to use by Degree (Degree MotionSense in Fresh Energy, to be exact). This product scores a 9 on the carcinogenic meter (or dirty meter) in the Think Dirty app. There’s polyethylene in it, which is a non biodegradable micro plastic, so basically micro beads which they are now banning. (Why is this in my deodorant…?) BHT is also shown on the left and has been linked to endocrine dysfunction, tumor promotion and organ system toxicity…oh boy. I could go on, but I won’t. It’s actually quite frightening to find out what’s in your beauty products or what the products score on the dirty meter in Think Dirty (so I do recommend that you download it!) Not to mention, I can barely pronounce some of these ingredients. ((All information about these ingredients came straight from the Think Dirty app, so if something is not right, I apologize.))

 

 

 

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Here are the ingredients for the Geranium Sensitive stick. If I looked at this right, there’s only one ingredient that the two have in common, which is “fractionated coconut oil” (according to Schmidt’s). I’m very pleased that it’s aluminum free and free of parabens (which is something I look out for). These ingredients also sound more friendly (especially since they added common words to help identify what’s in their products!)

 

So I guess to really sum up why I switched to natural deodorant, is that in my opinion it’s better for you AND it works. I feel like there’s a concern for people that a natural deodorant won’t work for them and won’t keep them dry, but I do highly recommend Schmidt’s. If you have sensitive skin like I do, I would recommend the sensitive formula. Geranium is a gorgeous scent too, or you can grab Tea Tree or the fragrance free version (you won’t be disappointed). I would also like to point out, that I am a pretty heavy sweater and sometimes the Degree antiperspirant didn’t work extremely well for me, but Schmidt’s does a pretty damn good job at keeping me dry.

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Are you wanting to switch to natural deodorant? Let me know! If you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them to the best of my ability 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: I purchased both of these Schmidt’s deodorants with my own money. I am not being paid, sponsored or asked to do this post, I just wanted to share my experience and opinions!

June 1, 2016
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Collective Cruelty Free Beauty Haul | Video

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It’s been a while since I made a video, but now that it’s summer I’ll be able to make more videos AND really focus on my blog. Please give the video a watch for some of my new purchases and some mini reviews 🙂

If you’d like more in depth reviews on products, let me know!

May 25, 2016
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Valentia Skin Detoxifying Mask Review (Sort Of) *

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2016-05-22 19.48.00Hey everyone! I’m finally done with finals and moved back home so now I can hopefully focus more on my blog and YouTube channel! Sorry that it has been a while since consistently posting, but I hope you understand that I had to get my butt into action and finish the semester strong…ANYWAYS, enough chatting…let’s get into what today’s post is about.

If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you know that I have tried out some of Valentia’s products before. So, here I am with another review (sort of) of their Skin Detoxifying Mask. Let’s talk about it’s benefits first.

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This mask has:

Kaolin Clay: Clay minerals draw impurities, improve skin tone, and tighten pores for smoother firmer skin.

Plant Stem Cells: Naturally decreases the level of pro-aging toxins and works to soother the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness.

Spirulina: A botanical stimulant full of vitamins that hydrates the skins surface and contributes to tissue regeneration of the skin.

CoQ10: Lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating health collagen production.

Hibiscus & Cranberry Fibers: Both lend their anti-aging properties to firm and reinforce the skin, helping to reduce the creation of new wrinkles.

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With all of these specially selected ingredients, it seems that this mask pretty much does it all! It draws out oil, dirt and other impurities, improves your skin tone and texture, plus leaves your skin feeling smooth and refreshed. There are a few long term results too that you can expect to see, such as smaller pores, firmer skin and clearer skin with less breakouts.

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Now, to the review. I unfortunately was not really able to try this product out since my skin started to get a burning sensation after applying it. I DO have extremely sensitive skin, so I thought I would take it off and try again another day. It did the same thing so I decided to contact Valentia, and they told me that I must be allergic to one of the ingredients (which is possible, since I’ve never really use them before) and to stop using the mask. I really wish I could have tried it out for you guys. I must say that it does have a nice smell and the fibers (from the hibiscus and cranberry) really helped to gently exfoliate the skin as I applied it the two times.

 

I did want to stay honest with you all and even though I couldn’t use the mask, I wanted to tell you about my experience! Maybe this mask will be a better fit for you, if you’re looking for the benefits that this mask will help you achieve. Check them out on Instagram!

 

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have an excellent day!

 

What’s your favorite type of mask? Mud mask, clay mask, sheet mask, etc? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Xoxo, Rae

 

Disclaimer: Yes, this product was sent to me to review, but sponsorships/items sent to me do not alter my opinion in anyway. I’m here to help you (my readers) to find new products that you may have never heard about. I am all about giving 100% reviews, whether I’m paid for the review, sent the item or I purchase it myself. Just something to keep in mind for my past/future reviews.
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I have now been marking sponsored posts/items sent to me with an asterisk (*) in the title.

May 24, 2016
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Are You Doing Enough To Protect Your Skin?

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Many of us make a conscious effort to eat well and keep fit, but are you doing enough to protect your skin? If you’re looking for ways to make your skin softer, brighter and clearer, here are some top tips.

Establishing a skin care regime
Your skin is your body’s protective barrier against the elements, and it has to put up with a lot. To keep your skin looking and feeling soft and smooth, it’s essential to look after it. Your skin care regime will help to remove impurities and keep your complexion clean and clear. Ideally, you should cleanse, tone and moisturize daily using products, which suit your skin type. If you’re not sure of your skin type, it’s well worth booking a consultation with a skincare expert.

On top of daily maintenance, it’s also beneficial to exfoliate your skin once a week. You can do this by using your normal face wash with an exfoliating mitt or using an exfoliating scrub. There are also professional treatments you can try, such as microdermabrasion or a chemical peel. The aim of exfoliation is to remove dead skin cells. This makes your skin look brighter and younger. It also encourages the production of new skin cells. Take a look at https://www.healthyskinsolutions.com/exfoliate-your-skin-definition-techniques-and-importance/  to find out more about exfoliation.skin-care-1050979_960_720

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Protecting your skin in the sun
There’s nothing quite like the feel of the sun on your skin, especially after a long, chilly winter. The sun can lift your spirits and give your skin a gorgeous glow, but it can also be damaging. If you’re going on holiday or sitting out in the garden, always make sure you apply sunscreen. This will help to prevent sunburn and reduce your risk of skin cancer. Sun lotion also helps to nourish and moisturize your skin and delay the aging process.

On sunny days, it’s best to avoid sitting out during the hottest part of the day. Head for the shade and make sure you drink plenty of water.

Lifestyle choices
The choices you make can have a significant impact on your skin. While a healthy diet and regular exercise can have incredible benefits for your complexion, smoking can be very damaging. Smoking is one of the main causes of premature aging, and it also contributes to dryness and dullness. If you’re looking to improve your skin tone and texture, working out and eating well are good places to start. When you exercise, your circulation increases. This ensures important nutrients are delivered to your skin. A healthy diet ensures that your body gets all the vitamins and minerals it needs. Foods that are good for your skin include berries, green leafy vegetables, nuts, salmon, and avocados. You can find out more about healthy eating at http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/eat-your-way-fabulous-skin.

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Your skin is one of your most important and noticeable features. Keep an eye on your diet and take plenty of water on board. Devote time to your skin care routine and always wear sunscreen. If you look after your skin, you’ll look radiant and youthful for years to come.

Hope you found these tips helpful and that you enjoyed the post!

What do you do to make sure your skin is in it’s best shape? Let me know in the comments below!

Xox, Rae

May 19, 2016
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