Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Palette, Skin Frost Highlighters, and Gemini Liquid Lipstick!

Hey guys! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. Today, I have a mega review post for you—all Jeffree Star. I have the Beauty Killer Palette, the Skin Frost highlighters, and Gemini!

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Beauty Killer Palette. The Beauty Killer palette boasts 10 shades, each weighing about .09 oz. For reference, a standard MAC eyeshadow is .04 oz. The palette itself is cardboard with a magnetic closure and very slim. The shadows come in three different formulae: matte, frost, and glitter. The palette offers both bright and neutral shades. The pans are huge and are arranged into quads to easily create different looks.

jeffree star beauty-killer-swatches

All the shadows in this palette are super pigmented, but Rich Bitch is a bit of a problem child. It’s a beautiful shadow but feels a little gritty when swatched and is a bit of a struggle to apply evenly. The matte shadows do not feel chalky and are easy to work with. My personal favorite is Courtney. It’s such a beautiful shade and is perfect for those transitions! The glitter shadows are also easy to work with, but I do wish there was more glitter in the swatches. I suppose that’s a typical struggle with glitter shadows, though.

The Beauty Killer Palette retails for $45. Honestly, I think the price is a steal for what you get—10 gigantic shadows with a great formula. This palette would definitely be best for someone who is either very comfortable working with bright colors or is interested in trying them out. Overall, it’s an excellent palette and one you could use for a variety of looks. The fact that it contains a transition shade is a huge plus for me because that means you don’t have to pull in shadows from other palettes if you don’t want to!

Skin Frost Highlighters. I am straight up obsessed with these babies. Each compact contains 0.5 oz of product (roughly twice as much as a Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector)! At $29, this product is a steal. I purchased the bundle to save a little cash and to get a chance to review them all. There are some slight discrepancies with the formula between shades. King Tut is much creamier and softer than Peach Goddess and Mint Condition, while Ice Cold feels a little less creamy and more dense.

jeffree star skin frost highlighter swatches

All of them swatch and apply beautifully though. Ice Cold is a white gold on my skin tone. I expected it to be a replica of Becca Pearl, but I actually think this highlighter is much more flattering. I also found that Ice Cold did not leave a white cast on the skin in indirect light. Peach Goddess is without a doubt my favorite of all the Skin Frosts! It’s beautiful in the pan but when applied, it looks like the most perfect peachy gold highlight. Mint Condition may look intimidating, but I found that unless I really packed it on my skin, it looked like a super unique silvery highlight, not straight-up green. King Tut is a beautiful bronze gold, but is much too dark for my skintone, like I suspected.

I would be remiss not to include that there have been reports surfacing online that these highlighters are easily damaged during shipping, particularly King Tut. I did not experience these issues and found that my order was very well packed, with each compact double-wrapped with bubble wrap and paper. However, since I bought the whole bundle AND the palette, that could be why mine didn’t shatter, since the box was very full. I think these are exquisite highlighters and that, unless you’re ordering King Tut, the risk is not large enough to justify not purchasing them. If you’re skeptical, you could always purchase them through Beautylish instead of the Jeffree Star site. I haven’t heard of as many incidents with orders purchased from there, but makeup is particularly fragile and damage during shipping is not necessarily unheard of. I think this is just something we makeup addicts have to deal with from time to time. Luckily, powder compacts can be repressed!

Like I said above, I think the Skin Frost highlighters are exquisite. They are high-quality, unique colors, and very reasonably priced when you consider how much product you’re actually getting. I cannot wait for Jeffree to release more colors in the future, because I will likely want them all!

Gemini Velour Liquid Lipstick. I have discussed the Velour Liquid Lipsticks a few different times on my blog. I recently used Gemini in an FOTD that I posted.

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It is described as a “terracotta warm-toned nude.” It actually reminds me a lot of Kat Von D’s Lolita II, but it’s not as orange. I found Gemini to be extremely wearable and flattering on my skintone and the formula is just as awesome as ever. This is the first Velour Liquid Lipstick that I’ve purchased for several months and I have noticed a strong rootbeer float scent has been added to the formula. I am not particularly sensitive to scents, but since I’m not crazy about rootbeer (I know, I know) it was off-putting at first. However, the scent does not linger after the lipstick dries down, so I’m cool with it, but I wanted to mention the scent since I know there are people out there who greatly dislike scented cosmetics.

This concludes my Jeffree Star Cosmetics mega-review! Are any of these products on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments ❤

Product Review – IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Contour Palette

Hey guys! I hope everyone’s had a great week and is looking forward to this weekend. I know I am! 🙂

The IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Palette is my first contour palette! I’ve seen a few reviews that it’s great for light and fair skintones, so I decided to buy it to try it out.

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First things first, I’m not crazy about the design of the front of the palette. A lot of IT Cosmetics’ products, like the CC creams and powders, have a very minimal and sleek look, but I wish that look was carried over to this product as well.

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The inside of the palette, however, looks very nice. The pans are large enough for contour brushes to fit. The contour powders are pretty light and are offered in warmer and cooler shades so you can customize your contour the way you want. The palette also comes with a matte white highlight and a shimmer light pink highlight.

it cosmetics my sculpted face swatches

While the powders in general were soft and finely-milled, some of them had pigmentation issues. The white matte highlight was a little chalky and hard to build up, as was the 4th swatched shade and the darkest shade. The rest were decently pigmented, but this palette was clearly made for a more natural, subtle contour. Blending the contour shades was fairly easy as well, which is always a good thing.

All in all, this palette is suitable for lighter skintones. But since it only comes in one shade, WOC would likely be better off trying a contour kit that caters to specific skintones rather than a one-size-fits-some version such as this.

Given the quality issues, however, I’m not entirely convinced this was worth the price ($38) for only one truly suitable contour shade and one effective highlight. I wanted to love this, but I just don’t think it’s the contour palette for me.

Has anyone else used this palette? Let me hear your reactions to it! ❤

Monthly Favorites – November

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Hello, everyone! I can’t believe it’s already time for the monthly favorites post again. I really enjoy doing them, though, because I love doing reviews and recommending products that will (hopefully) make you as happy as they have made me!

  1. Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Pads. As you guys know, I have super dry, sensitive skin. Because of this, I have to be careful about what types of exfoliants I use. I used to use scrubs, which left my face really irritated and angry. When I first heard about chemical exfoliation, I was nervous to try it. In my mind, chemicals would be rougher than any scrub could be, right? Wrong. It did take me some trial and error to find the right AHA for me, but I love the Nip & Fab pads. They’re gentle, effective, and inexpensive. They have not only helped keep dry patches under control, but they’ve helped improve the texture of my face overall.
  2. Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid. I just recently bought this, but I am extremely impressed. I’m not acne prone, but I have issues with clogged pores on my forehead, large pores on my cheeks, and noticeable sebaceous filaments on my nose. After using this only one time, I noticed a major improvement in all 3 of these problem areas! This product is marketed for all skin types, and I haven’t experienced any excess dryness since using it.
  3. Shark Sauce. I heard about Shark Sauce from /r/asianbeauty and was intrigued by it’s list of powerhouse ingredients: niacinimide, sea kelp extract, and hyaluronic acid, to name a few. This product was my first endeavor into DIY Skincare, and I have to say I’m a fan. This product is extremely hydrating and soothing. It also will improve PIH and acne and do so many other great things for your skin!
  4. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow. I was fortunate enough to nab this product at my local Sephora a couple weeks ago, and it is definitely living up to the hype. It’s described as a “fawn nude,” which is exactly how it looks on my skintone. KVD’s formula very comfortable, long-wearing, and easy to layer, which is a rarity in liquid lipsticks. If you can get your hands on this, I definitely recommend it.
  5. Colourpop More Better. I’ve been a fan of Colourpop’s Ultra Mattes since the launch, but More Better is definitely my favorite shade (so far)! It’s described as a “deep violet wine” that reminds me of Stila Aria. It’s an amazing color that is flattering on so many different skintones. It’s perfect for holiday parties and is a really versatile color to wear.
  6. Real Techniques Sponge. I got my first Beauty Blender a few months ago, and although I like it, I don’t love it like I feel I should. The last time I was in Ulta, I bought the RT Sponge on a whim to try it out, and I am so impressed with its ability to blend out foundation. I get great, even coverage with it. The flat edge allows me to blend everything out quickly and seamlessly! I do wish the pointed end was a bit smaller, like the Beauty Blender, so it fit into tight spaces around my eyes and nose more easily, but I’m alright with using both sponges when doing my makeup to get the most flawless face I can!

That wraps up my November favorites! What were your favorites this month? Let me know in the comments below. ❤

Product Review – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit

Happy Monday everyone! Now that Thanksgiving has officially passed, it’s time to start preparing for Christmas! I’m sure many of you already have your trees and homes decorated, and even a few over-achievers already have a couple presents wrapped and placed under the tree. Others, like me, are hustling to try to get shopping done before the big day!

Since Christmas is approaching, I decided it was the perfect time to review a holiday release for you guys. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit was one of the first 2015 releases that made me vaporlock and be like OMG I NEED IT. I am a huge fan of their Ambient Lighting Powders, so a palette that contained ALPs, blushes, and a bronzer was aces in my book!

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hourglass ambient lighting edit swatches

So far, I am really impressed with this palette. It’s very sleek and looks similar to Hourglass’ other ALPs and palettes. It’s compact and sturdy, so it’s perfect for travel.

The powders are extremely soft and very finely milled, which makes them apply and blend like a dream. The 3 ALPs, Diffused Light, Iridescent Light, and Dim Light, fit a wide variety of skintones. Fairer skintones can use Diffused Light as an allover powder and Dim Light as a bronzer to warm the complexion, while medium to deep skintones can use Diffused to brighten the undereye area and Dim as an allover powder. Iridescent Light is glittery and perfect for a subtle highlight.

The blushes and bronzer are both extremely pigmented, so a little goes a very long way. This means the palette will last you a very long time, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth! I only need a couple taps of the blush and bronzer to do both cheeks.

Let me just say, though, this palette does have a couple drawbacks. For one, it’s quite expensive ($80 USD). It’s also a lot smaller than I originally expected, mainly because scale is extremely hard to judge in pictures online. The pans are just a bit wider than a quarter, which can make it difficult to use with some larger brushes.

Other than these issues, though, it’s a great palette and in my opinion, it’s one of the best holiday releases of 2015! You owe it to yourself to get the Ambient Lighting Edit for yourself or a fellow makeup addict! ❤

Monthly Favorites – September

Hello everyone!

Who else is happy that it’s Friday? I am definitely looking forward to a fun weekend filled with football, tailgating, shopping, and a little R&R after this long work week!

This post is going to be all about my favorite products for the month of September. I can’t believe it’s already practically mid-October! Where has 2015 gone?! I am happy it’s fall, though, as fall is my favorite season for several reasons. I love the cool weather, I like to layer, and fall/winter makeup colors are simply the best.

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My favorites this month were a pretty even mix of skincare and makeup. I have started delving into Asian Beauty products since I’m trying to revamp and improve my skincare routine. With that being said, let’s dive into my September favorites!

  1. Tom Ford matte lipstick – Pussycat. Okay, so this lipstick has quickly become one of my favorite bullet lipsticks ever. The formula is amazing: so creamy and non-drying, which is rare for a matte lipstick. The color is a beautiful mauve that works for the office or for going out at night. It’s long lasting and doesn’t bleed or feather. I get 6-8 hours of wear from this lipstick before I need to do touch-ups.
  2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator – Starlight. I ordered this product shortly after it launched because I’d been looking for a white powder highlighter. This highlighter is a nice white gold color that would work for a decent range of different skintones. Starlight is also quite buildable – you could apply it lightly for an all over, soft glow, or build it up for a bright sheen on your cheekbones. It’s finely milled and there are no visible glitter pieces after applied.
  3. Tony Moly sheet masks. I ordered a bunch from Kollection K (much cheaper than Sephora) and have found these to be really great masks. My favorite is the aloe sheet mask (not pictured, this was my last one), but I’ve yet to try one that was bad or harmed my sensitive skin. They are a great addition to any skincare routine.
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel (deluxe sample). I got this sample with a Sephora order and it has blown me away. I have long, generally unruly eyebrow hairs and this keeps them firmly in place all day long. 10/10 will purchase the full size when I run out of this, because I do not want to be without it!
  5. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Dolce Vita (deluxe sample). I first tried the Velvet Matte Pencil formula with Sephora’s birthday gift this year and I was pleased with how great the formula was. The formula is consistent between shades, which is always great, and Dolce Vita is the perfect warm, dusty rose color to wear to work or for when you want an understated lip color.
  6. Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Creme (deluxe sample). This was the first eye cream I’d ever tried, and I really like it. It’s light, deeply hydrating, and non-irritating. There is a light scent, but it fades quickly and doesn’t bother my eyes at all. A little of this goes a very long way, so this sample size will easily last me for a few more months.
  7. Too Cool for School Pumpkin Sleeping Pack. I bought this after reading many good reviews and doing ample research. I use this as the last step in my nighttime skincare routine. It’s deeply hydrating and doesn’t seem to clog my pores (yay!). The only downside I’ve found is that it doesn’t smell like pumpkin! It smells very lightly like soap, which isn’t bad at all.  I was just really hoping to have a pumpkin scented cream to slather on every night!

That wraps it up for my September Favorites! I hope you enjoyed these mini-reviews and that they inspired you to try new products. I really enjoyed curating this list, so I will definitely be doing this every month now!

Swatches: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks – Posh Spice and Dirty Money

Getting makeup in the mail really is the greatest thing. I was really excited when I checked my mailbox this afternoon and found a package from Jeffree Star! I’ve been lusting over both lipstick colors for a while now, so I couldn’t wait to swatch them to try them out.

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Posh Spice is a muted taupe-gray nude with a matte finish. It is extremely creamy, pigmented, and long-wearing, like the rest of the Velour Liquid Lipstick range. I found that Posh Spice pulls darker and cooler on my skintone than on other swatches that I’ve seen online, but I actually like this color better! I can see it working with a lot of different colors, but I think it would look best paired with browns and burgundies, giving off a real 90s vibe.

This swatch shows only one layer of product. Amazing, right? Jeffree Star’s liquid lipsticks really are top of the line across the board: price point, pigmentation, color range, formula… He’s nailed it all.

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I also picked up Dirty Money, which is LE. This lipstick is a cool sage green and is literally the color of money! I fell in love with it when I first saw it on Instagram. It’s a very unique color and is flattering on a variety of skintones! The formula is consistent with the rest of the Velour Liquid Lipsticks and this one is so pigmented, if that’s even possible, given how pigmented they already are!

Although this is an unusual color, I think it’s extremely wearable and could be worn with a lot of different color combinations, from a smoldering brown smoky eye to a burgundy cut crease!

These products have me excited to see what Jeffree has in store for the holiday season! Did any of you pick up Posh Spice or Dirty Money? What did you think?