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New Goodies from Profusion Cosmetics *

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Hey lovelies! If you’ve been around for a while, you have probably seen my past post about Profusion cosmetics, if not – you can check it out here (I hope my picture taking has improved…) Well, I was lucky enough to be chosen again for their Insider Program! They sent me some new goodies (that don’t even seem to be on their website yet!) to try out and talk about what I like or what I don’t like. If you’re interested in hearing about some affordable makeup products, then keep on reading.

treasurebox3treasurebox2Eep! I love the packaging on this makeup palette. It’s quite large and has lots of products in it. I love the cheetah print on the package, you think it would look cheesy – but it really doesn’t. I think it gives it a nice feminine look! This palette has 35 eyeshadows, 10 lip glosses, 2 blushes, 1 bronzer + highlight, a couple small brushes and a wood eyeliner pencil.

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I swear I took these pictures in natural daylight, but these pictures don’t seem to be doing the colors in this palette any justice. (I promise, they are a lot more vibrant in person!) I love the variety of colors in the shadows, you get a mix of mattes, shimmers and glitters. You have lots of options to make a bunch of looks! You get 10 lip glosses, (I’m not a huge fan of glosses + I swatched one of them and it wasn’t too pigmented) in a bunch of different colors to pair with your eye look. One of the blushes is a bright pink and would be great for glam looks and the other blush is more of a natural looking color, so it would be perfect for everyday looks. (P.s. they’re matte blushes too!) The bronzer is a nice cool toned brown, that’s not too light or too dark and the highlight shade is a little bit too dark for my skin tone (I would really call this just like a face powder). These are matte too! I ended up mixing the “highlight” and bronzer together to create a lighter color, I like the way it turned out. Here are some swatches…

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Here are some eyeshadow swatches (don’t mind the eczema on my arm lol). The colors are pigmented and very smooth, there was a little fall out but that’s fine with me. The colors are super buildable and look great. I think the peachy-pastel pink is my favorite but I need to test out some other colors too! (The pastel purple reminds me of the Wet N Wild spring eye trio, anyone else?)

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Here’s a swatch of the bronzer (just by itself, not mixed) and the natural blush color. These are super smooth! I love them.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with this palette. I probably won’t be using the lip glosses, but that’s just me. I love the variety of shadow colors and how you can create a whole look without having to grab another palette (that’s what really sold me).

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I also got this set of 6 precision gel eyeliners, which I’m pretty excited to use. You get a matte black, matte brown, a bronze, gold, rose gold and a shimmery white liner.

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Here’s the packaging. I like the silver finish on these!

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Here are the swatches of the liners: (bottom – top: black, brown, bronze, gold, rose gold, creamy beige). The brown was a little patchy and rough to lay down some color, but it eventually worked. I really like the shimmery liners, even though I think the colors could be better related to the liner names (if that makes sense…) The rose gold is more of a pale pink, but I’m okay with that. I don’t have these colors in my collection so I’m excited to play around with them. They say that they’re waterproof on the packaging, but I do have to disagree because they wiped off instantly with a makeup wipe, while ones from other brands that I have stay a little bit longer. I would recommend setting these with powder to get them to stay a little bit longer! They do glide smoothly, which I like and lay down enough color that’s noticeable.

Overall, I think these liners are okay. I wish some of them had a little more color impact and we’re more durable (pigmentation wise).

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This is the PRO Concealer kit! It has 5 different shades of concealers, 1 banana shade, 3 skin tone shades and a salmon color. The banana shade is good to brighten up areas on the skin, the skin tone ones are obviously there to conceal any unwanted marks on your face and the salmon one is good to color correct dark circles. Since I’m so pale, I used the third concealer in to cover up my dark circles with the brush in the kit and it worked really well! These are super creamy, they remind me of butter. I really like these! I just wish it would have included a green concealer and maybe a lavender one, rather than 3 skin tone shades. But overall, I think this is a great little kit to have to make your makeup look fabulous.

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Here are swatches (they are swatched opposite of the way they appear in the palette). The banana shade almost doesn’t show up on me haha! I think the salmon shade would have been too dark for me to cover up my dark circles, but I think you can do a lot with this kit.

Overall, I love it! I think it’s super handy and I will be putting it to good use.

What do you guys think? Do you want to hear more about these products in a video, or tutorial? Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo,

Rae

Disclaimer: This products were sent to me for free in return for a review. I am apart of the Profusion Insider Network, where I receive products to review on my blog and other social networks. All opinions are 100% my own and are honest. I am not being paid for this post.

July 13, 2016
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Why I’m Putting Myself on a Spending Ban + Decluttering

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It’s hard to save money, even if you try. Sometimes things just pop up and all of the money in your savings account is gone. Or, maybe you just have a spending/hoarding problem like I do.

I thought I’d go through my beauty collection (this is just makeup, I may do a hair care/body care post if you lovelies seem interested) and share with you what I have and why I don’t need to buy anything else to put into my collection. (I’m trying to hold back my tears right now…I love makeup.)

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Here are my makeup removing products! I use coconut oil, a micellar water and makeup wipes. I’ve had this jar of coconut oil for quite a while now and still have a lot of it. I use it to remove stubborn eye makeup (I have used it on my face as well), as a shaving cream alternative (if I ran out) and as a moisturizer. It’s a multi purpose item that I can’t live without. It’s inexpensive and doesn’t get used too quickly, so that’s why I don’t need another makeup removing product. Next is the Cactus Micellar Water from Pacifica. I really like this stuff to remove my foundation then follow up with a cleanser to deep clean the skin. It’s easy, provides a great clean, tones the skin and leaves you feeling refreshed (definitely do not use this on your eyes though). While I do love the micellar water so much, I’m not sure if I’ll be repurchasing it since it’s not a necessity because I do have other options to clean my face (like my Clarisonic, cleansers and coconut oil). I guess I’m also trying to cut down on the products that I have. And lastly, makeup removing wipes. I like  these a lot for when I’m doing swatches and removing my eye makeup, I do not like using these all over my face though since they leave a greasy feel. I do have two packs unopened, so that’s another reason why I don’t need another makeup removing product at the moment.

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Here are my face products, including foundations, primers and concealers. I have two primers at the moment, both from Too Faced. I have a sample of the Primed and Poreless, but I’m not a huge fan of it so it usually stays in my drawer. The Hangover primer on the other hand is my go to, but it is expensive, but so so worth it. I really only use it if I know I’ll be out all day to help it last longer for me! I don’t really wear foundation that often (so I’m not sure why I have two different ones…actually make that three, I forgot to add in my bareminerals). Lately, I’ve just been busy with work and on my days off I usually just hang around the house so I haven’t had much use for these foundations this summer (which is why I don’t need another, I need to stop eyeballing the Born This Way foundation from Too Faced ASAP!) I also have a white foundation to use as a mixer to make a shade light enough for my complexion. I have three skin tone concealers and one color corrector. I like the NYX one the most, since it’s light enough for my skin and gives a natural look. I feel like tarte’s oxidizes, so I don’t use it too often. The itCosmetics one was a sample that my sister passed on to me since it was too light for her – I haven’t tried it (yet again, another reason why I don’t need anything else!) The color corrector is from L.A. Girls and works well, I just don’t use it too often so I don’t need to buy a color correcting palette like I want to. I have one setting spray at the moment (hasn’t been opened) so I’m good in that department too. Mental note: Raeanne…no more face products.2016-07-06 11.32.24

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Alright, here’s my mascara collection (it was larger, but I did purge my makeup when moving back home from school). I have THREE Better Than Sex mascaras…THREE. Why do I need three!? Ugh. I first tried the BTS mascara as a sample and really liked it, so my sister decided to buy me another sample for Christmas – I haven’t touched the one she got me yet. I bought the waterproof version just to see if it would hold my curl better (it does) but I really don’t know why else I bought it, since I already have two that have barely been touched…I have no logic people! I have a mascara from Flower (this is like their 3-in-1, you can turn the dial and the wand moves/twists). I’m not a huge fan of this mascara since it’s so flakey, so I’m not even sure why I still have it. *sigh*. I have one from wet n wild that I use on lazy days/no makeup days. I’m also not a huge fan of this mascara either, but I do like the small wand for the lower lashes. I might end up tossing the Flower and the wet n wild mascaras since there is no point in keeping them. Then lastly, tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara sample. I got this in my skin squad discovery kit and I really like it. It gives a different effect than the BTS and that’s why I will be keeping it in my collection (plus, it’s relatively new to me too).2016-07-06 11.34.31

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Here are my eyeliners – which is another thing that I don’t wear all too often. I have three liquid black liners, two are fine line ones that dry matte and another has a vinyl finish which I’m not a fan of. I think I’ll keep the two fine liners and get rid of the Milani one that I don’t really like! I have one black pencil liner from Marc Jacobs that I got as a free gift for my birthday from Sephora, I think I’m just going to keep it to have incase I want to wear it. I have the NYX Wonder Pencil which is a nude liner, not sure why I have this because I don’t use it either. I also used it on my lips, so I don’t want to use it on my eyes. Might as well go in the trash! I have a dark blue pencil liner from Sumita that I got in a past glambag, haven’t used it but it’s going to stay in my collection just in case. I have two liquid liners from wet n wild, a bright blueish-purple and a dark blue liner. I like the bright blue and I have yet to experiment with the dark blue one – I will be keeping them since I don’t have anything else like them. The last two liners are from the Balm and Colourpop – they’re pretty similar in color but I like the formula from Colourpop way more. I’ll be keeping both of them. But here’s why I don’t need another eyeliner! They aren’t on my “top shelf” for everyday makeup.

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Lipsticks galore. As you can tell, I really like nude lip colors…infact I have way too many that look similar! I definitely will not be getting rid of any of my lipcolors, while I have a lot, I love them all. So I have quite a large collection from Colourpop, 3 ultra matte, 5 ultra satin, and 6 lippie stix. I love them (besides the matte ones), even though I have some colors that look similar. I have 4 soft matte lip creams from NYX and I like these, so I’m keeping them. I have two butter glosses in the same shade from NYX, not sure why I have two but I don’t really wear glosses much anymore. I’ll still keep them though just in case. I have one NYX liquid suede which I like and I don’t have a color *too* similar to it, since it shows up more burgundy/brown on me. I have two samples of Too Faced melted lipsticks – love them so they’re staying. In the white and pink box is a lip shimmer from My Sister (every purchase helps fight sex trafficking!) that I will be keeping since I don’t have anything else like it. I have two wet n wild lipsticks that I will be keeping cause I like them. I have 5 samples of some lip colors from different brands – keeping them and I hopefully will be able to use them up. A lip gloss from Ecco Bella in Peace is also staying with me, I want to try it out and see if it’ll be similar to a metallic lip – I’ll keep you updated. Lastly, a chubby lipstick from Profusion cosmetics that I will be keeping also because it’s the perfect everyday nude. BUT, in conclusion – I do not need another lipstick! I definitely need to stop buying shades that I already have ones similar to and I really need to start wearing lipsticks more often.

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Here are all of my single eyeshadows. All of the ones on top were from glambags or other subscription services. I’m trying to use those ones up ASAP since they’ve just been collecting dust. I might challenge myself to use one of them for however long it takes to use it up. The Colourpop ones are new to me and are staying in my collection, but I really don’t need to buy myself another eyeshadow palette because I definitely have enough to last me a while.

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Here are my eyeshadow palettes! As you can see, I like nude colors again. I really do not need another eyeshadow since the collection I have between palettes + singles is large enough. I have a lot of similar colors so I will do my best to hit pan on some of them.

Yikes, I really didn’t realize how much makeup I had until planning this post. It’s actually shocking thinking about how much money I’ve spent on makeup (and I really don’t want to take a calculator to add it up).

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my post and maybe learned something (like the fact that you don’t need 20 different nude lip colors in 5 different finishes). You also don’t need anymore neutral eye palettes – so don’t fall for the hype anymore!

Thanks so much for reading (as always) <3

Xoxo, Rae

July 7, 2016
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Makeup Edit: Everyday Beauty Essentials

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boxfromcolourpopOnce or twice a year, it’s always a good idea to sort through your makeup bag. It provides an opportunity to get rid of expired products and restock. A good time to do this is at the beginning of summer and winter. You can update your colors accordingly.

This is just for the essential, everyday items. Those must-have products that you couldn’t live without.

Moisturizer

It’s a good idea to keep a pot of moisturizer in your makeup bag. It’s useful when your skin is dry, and you need a pick-me-up before retouching. Use a brand that matches your skin type, and opt for versions with a built-in SPF. If you can find a tinted moisturizer that works for you, this will save you some space.

Makeup Remover Pads

Though you’re unlikely to use them every day, it’s a good idea to keep a supply of makeup remover pads. If you need to remove your makeup, they will accomplish this in super-fast time. They come in handy where makeup becomes smudged.

 

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You don’t need to carry your full collection of brushes with you. Just pick a few essentials from the set. A wide blusher/powder brush is useful. Use it to apply powder and set your makeup in place. You can also use it for bronzing and highlighting. Smaller brushes for eyes and lips also come in handy.

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Primer

Don’t skimp on primer. If you think you don’t need it, compare the difference with and without it. Primer makes the skin appear smoother. When your foundation is applied, it provides a flawless finish. Once primer has been applied, your makeup will last longer.

Foundation

Your foundation cream is arguably the most important item in your toiletry bag. It can take some time to find the right brand and shade. When you do, keep hold of it. Foundation camouflages imperfections and enhances your skin. If you get this wrong, the whole look will be wrong.

Brow Gel

It’s difficult to remember a time when everyday makeup didn’t include brows. Eyebrows can dramatically alter the appearance of your face. Determining what works best for you is important. Brow gel is handy for everyday applications. Brands like Anastasia tinted brow gel can help make your eyebrows appear thicker and fuller. Plus, it is easy to apply.

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Eyeshadow Palette

Your eyeshadow palette should be made up of colors that complement your skin tone. This may change in the summer and winter months. Look at current makeup trends for inspiration. But don’t get too bogged down with them. Stick to what works for your skin tone and coloring.

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Lipstick

Your lipstick finishes the whole look. Without it, you can appear unpolished. Keep a few different shades in your bag. They should range from nude to stronger colors, depending on your mood. Keep a couple of matte options and a full-on lip gloss.

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Mascara

There are so many brands of mascara to choose from. They range from simple tints to plumping formulas. Pick the type that works for you.

Powder

Translucent powder has several benefits. Sweep it across the face after applying your makeup. This will seal it and make it last longer. It is also useful to banish shine. Paper strips are also useful for quick touch-ups.

 

Have I missed anything? What are your go-to items? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Hope you enjoyed the post & thanks for reading!

Xoxo, Rae

June 30, 2016
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My Favorite Cruelty Free Products Under $10

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Hey lovelies! I’ve been kind of in a blogging funk lately, but I’m working on it. I’m trying to have back up posts so that when I really can’t think of what to blog, I can just post those instead. I’m thinking about either making a video or a blog post (or both) about why I want to go on a spending ban (mainly for beauty products), does that sound interesting to anyone?

But anyways, here I’m going to show you a few items $10 and under that I love and that are cruelty free!

Milani Prep + Set + Go Transparent Powder ($9.99)

I bought the Milani powder a couple months ago to replace a non-cruelty free translucent powder that I had and I really really love it. It’s a great setting and mattifying powder that doesn’t overdry the skin. I try to focus this underneath my eyes to set my concealer, just because if I put it all over my face it does make it feel dry and tight (but I think that’s just because I have such dry skin). I think it would be great for those of you with oily skin or if you have an issue with your makeup sliding off.

Hask Hair Bamboo Oil Shampoo + Conditioner ($6 each)

I love love LOVE Hask’s products and now my sister has found a new love for them too. I love how inexpensive their products are. The quality is absolutely superb for what you pay and I don’t think I’ll ever switch to another hair care brand. I’m currently using up the Bamboo Oil collection that I have and I think I will be purchasing the Keratin collection once I use this set up!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream ($6) Stockholm is pictured above.

NYX is extremely affordable and they have a wide variety of products. I’m a huge fan of their lip products, especially their soft matte lip creams. They have decent lasting power and come in a ton of different colors. I love them because they aren’t drying on the lips and aren’t too matte (to the point where you have cracking lips). I think they’re a staple lip product.

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter ($8) Stole The Show is pictured above.

Colourpop has been one of my go to brands lately, because of their price and quality. I picked up one of their highlighters and fell in love and now I’m always reaching for it. They have a ton of unique colors and a couple different finishes so I definitely think they’re worth checking out!

Pacifica Kale Detox Face Cleanser ($10)

Pacifica is my favorite skin care brand. They have masks, cleansers, and moisturizers and they even have some makeup products. I love love love their cleansers because they aren’t too drying on the skin, they smell great & they do their job. Definitely worth the money!

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip ($6) Echo Park is pictured above.

Again, I love Colourpop and their Ultra Satin Lipsticks are my go-to now. I have a couple different colors from them and I love every single one of them. I feel like they’re super wearable and comfortable on the lips (I didn’t like the ultra mattes – so these are the bomb.com.)

What are your favorite products under $10? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the post & thanks for reading <3

Xoxo, Rae

June 29, 2016
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Swamp Queen Palette Swatches + Video

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I’m so happy that I was able to get my hands on the amazing Swamp Queen Palette that Bunny (aka grav3yardgirl) collaborated with tarte on! I’m super stoked about it because Bunny has been one of my favorite YouTubers for a while and I feel like she has remained genuine throughout her YouTube career. It’s absolutely crazy seeing how far she’s come and how much her channel is grown, so I obviously had to support her!

This palette, along with the two lip paints she created are limited edition – another reason why I had to snag it up. swamp-queen-palette4

This palette comes inside this cool wood textured box (obviously it’s cardboard, but it looks like it’s real wood!) It has the ever famous gator with it’s wings, which is one of the things I love about it because I feel like Bunny really took the time to make an awesome palette for her fans and I guess the gator with wings is kind of the swamp fams’ mascot. You also get a little info sheet with two different eye looks that are on Bunny’s eyes, I like when palettes do this because I feel like sometimes I don’t know how to use all the colors in the palette to create a look, does anyone else feel the same?

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On the back of the box it has some info about Bunny and then all of the ingredients in the products!

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Here’s what the palette looks like, it’s just like the outer portion of the box. It has a nice gold finish in the middle of the palette (if that makes any sense?) so it looks a little bit more “high-end”. The palette comes with a brush too, which I thought was cool because you honestly can’t have enough makeup brushes.

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You get 9 shadows + 3 face products (& a brush) for $45, which I honestly think is a good price for a limited edition palette. tarte’s products are worth the money too (at least for me). I also think that the colors in the palette are unique and I don’t own anything like them, which is another reason that pushed me to get the palette.

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Here are some swatches in natural light (sorry that the bronzer + blush are a little out of focus – I have poor camera skills lately). So, on the top of my wrist I swatched the three face products (bronzer, blush and highlight). The bronzer (sweet tea) is definitely too dark for my skin and is glittery but I’m sure I could figure out some way to use it. The blush (does this thing really work?) is a bright pink that also had gold glitter in it too. I’m always afraid of blush but I think I will try it out and see how I like it. And lastly, the highlight (gator wings) is on the bottom and holy cow – I love it. It is the *slightest* bit chunky, but is easy to blend out. It is a gold based highlight with some gold glitter in it. I really like it + it’s super pigmented.

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The shadows are on the lower portion of my arm and I swatched them in the order of the palette, if you were looking at the palette top – bottom (so the ones closest to the face swatches are on the top of the palette!) There is a nice mix of shadows in the palette and I feel like they all go well together, so you could use the palette to create a whole eye look. There are 3 matte shadows and the rest are shimmery. I pretty much like all of the eyeshadow shades in the palette, so I really can’t pick a favorite.

I would love love love to try out the lip paints that she created but I’m only interested in getting Texas Toast (red lipstick doesn’t look good on me), but then I realized that I have a color similar to Texas Toast. I think I might wait to see if it’ll hit stores and if I can try it/see it in person before purchasing, since it is a little bit expensive for me.

Check out the video I did of me using the palette for the first time!

Do you want the Swamp Queen palette or do you think you’ll pass? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Thanks so much for reading & I hope you enjoyed the post!

Xoxo, Rae

All products were purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own.

June 23, 2016
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