My current daytime skincare routine (dry/sensitive skin)

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Solidifying my skincare routine has probably been one of the longest personal processes I’ve ever went through! I have dry, sensitive skin, and am allergic to a lot of ingredients that are in heavy moisturizers, so finding a routine that works for me has taken a lot of trial and error.

I have been using my current routine for the last 6-8 months, and I finally think that I’ve found the perfect combinations! It’s a mix of budget K Beauty and high-end products from Sephora, but everything works together extremely well. My skin is calmer, more hydrated, and less prone to irritation than it has been in several years.

Toner: Mizon Intensive Skin Barrier Toner — This product has been the most recent addition to my routine. Before this, I was using a rich toner by Lancome that was good but, honestly, not the best thing for my skin. I decided to take a chance on this and ordered it from Amazon (bless Prime 2-day shipping). This toner contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which are both essential for hydrating the skin and repairing its moisture barrier. The results weren’t seen overnight, but after roughly 6 weeks of daily use, I can say the texture in my skin has diminished, my face is not as red, nor is it as easily irritated.

Essence: Mizon Water Volume EX First Essence — This is another amazing product by Mizon. It is a hydrating essence that contains snow algae extract, hydrasalinol, and moringa extract, and ceramides to hydrate, calm, repair, and soothe the skin. This product has been hard to find recently, and I’ve heard rumors that it has been discontinued, but I’m hoping Mizon will re-release it in the future! It’s a wonderful product and the best essence I’ve tried. I would hate to have to use something less effective.

Serum: Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum — This serum has been in my routine for about 4 years now! It’s packed with hyaluronic acid and grape seed extract, which hydrate and protect the skin from free radical damage. At $49 a bottle, it’s a bit on the pricey side, but one bottle lasts me 2-3 months and the benefits of using this serum are more than worth the price tag!

Ampoule: Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule — This ampoule contains 80% snail mucus extract, which has anti-aging properties and helps skin regenerate. Peptides and vitamin 5 round out this powerhouse formula to nourish, brighten, and firm the skin. I have also used this product for years, and I definitely notice a change in my skin when I don’t have it in my routine.

Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion — This is perhaps one of the best moisturizers I have ever used, and I’ve used it since I first started experimenting with a more complex skincare routine! It’s thick enough that it keeps my skin hydrated all day, but it doesn’t contain fatty alcohols, which is so rare in a moisturizer formulated for dry skin! It does, however, contain mineral oil, so be aware of that in case you are sensitive to it.

Oil: Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil — Finding the right oil for my routine has probably been the most difficult part of solidifying my routine. Some oils are too greasy, others clogged my pores and caused breakouts, and some just weren’t rich enough for my skin. But this oil by Drunk Elephant is a holy grail product for me. It’s not a particularly heavy oil, but it delivers a lot of hydration nonetheless. I mix 2-3 drops into my Clinique moisturizer to apply it. It really helps “seal in” the many layers of my routine and helps my face stay hydrated all day long! This oil is $72 per bottle, so there are cheaper options out there, but I do have a certain level of brand loyalty to Drunk Elephant. I respect their vision and I trust their products, so it’s well worth the price to me.

Please comment below and let me know what you think of my routine, and feel free to share yours too! I am also happy to answer any questions you might have about these products.

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Lancome Juicy Shakers

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend! A couple months ago, Lancôme released a line of lip oils called Juicy Shakers. The Juicy Shakers are made with “bi-phase technology.” The first phase is a non-sticky, transparent blend of five different oils that help moisturize and condition your lips. The second phase provides pigment for a light wash of color.

I purchased Great-Fruit (sparkling grapefruit) and Cherry Symphony (cherry pop). Great-Fruit had a peachy stain to it, while Cherry Symphony is a bright cherry red.

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The Juicy Shakers are very easy to apply! All you do is shake the little tube (I think it looks like a cocktail mixer!), unscrew the cap, and dab the pigment-soaked cushion onto your lips, adding more or less til you reach your desired opacity. My personal favorite is Cherry Symphony. It gave me that just-ate-a-popsicle stain! Great-Fruit smelled amazing, but I didn’t see any noticeable change on my lips.

Although the oils don’t dry down, I found that they last a decent amount of time! I got roughly 3 hours of wear, with no eating and only sipping some water, before I re-applied. They also taste awesome! I’d previously tried the YSL Tint-in-Oils but I was never crazy about them because of the way they tasted. But the Juicy Shakers taste exactly how they smell! To me, the scent isn’t overpowering, but if you’re sensitive to scents you might want to sample these in-store prior to purchasing.

All in all, for $20 a pop, I think the Lancôme Juicy Shakers are excellent lip oils! The packaging is cute and sturdy, the scents & color ranges are great, and they do an awesome job of hydrating your lips. Although I love YSL’s cosmetic line, I think the Juicy Shakers are a much better alternative in terms of cost, shade range, and taste.

Have you guys tried the Juicy Shakers? What do you think? Let me know in the comments ❤

Khal Drogo Inspired Makeup!

Khal Drogo inspired makeup! ⚔ The collaboration continues 🙌🏻 I am a HUGE Game of Thrones fan and when it came time to do a pop culture collab with some fellow makeup enthusiasts, I knew I had to do this look. Be sure to check out @makeupbycarolime @surcules @richelleschuler @emilynotbillmurray to see their submissions as well

FACE

  1. MAC Cosmetics Prep & Prime Skin Base
  2. Makeup Forever OG HD Foundation
  3. Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Foundation Stick
  4. Loreal Pro Glow Foundation
  5. Burberry Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Glow
  6. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
  7. Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer
  8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit in Fair
  9. Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  10. Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette
  11. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder
  12. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Gemini mixed with Kat Von D Lolita II
  13. Lime Crime Velvetine in Salem

EYES

  1. Colourpop Creme Gel Colour and Liner in Swerve

LIPS

  1. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Mannequin

May Favorites!

Happy Sunday, everyone! May was such a great month for makeup. There were so many new releases that I’ll be posting soon. In the meantime, here are some of my personal favorites from the past month.

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  1. Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Face Palette. I recently posted a full review on this palette but I’m still crazy about it! The packaging, the blushes, the highlighters… Everything about it is A1. I highly recommend purchasing it.
  2. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. Since I have super-dry skin, I’m a big fan of mixing a few drops of oil in with my moisturizers. It helps keep my skin hydrated throughout the day. At $72, this oil is a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way. This oil is also 100% pure, unrefined marula kernel oil and contains no chemicals or added fragrance, making it great for sensitive skin. It’s also high in antioxidants and Omegas 6 and 9 and is great for hydration and healing your skin.
  3. Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini. I’ve talked about how awesome Jeffree Star’s liquid lipsticks are in the past, but I am really feeling this shade for summer. It’s a really nice warm nude that’s extremely flattering.
  4. Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color. I picked this up on a whim when I was at KMart a couple weeks ago and I am very impressed by the formula! It’s been hard for me to find a drugstore liquid lipstick that dries completely down, but this Jordana one is great. It applies smoothly and evenly and has comparable lasting power to my other liquid lipsticks. The shade I got, Strawberry Cheesecake, is a beautiful coral pink. At only $5 each, you can afford to stock up on all the shades!
  5. Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. I have had this deluxe sample for a while but only recently decided to start using it. It’s become one of my favorite mascaras, possibly even a holy grail! It gives me the length and volume that I get some Too Faced’s Better Than Sex, but this wand keeps my lashes from looking clumpy. I am definitely going to be purchasing a full-size after I use this up.
  6. Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals. I’m sure you’re all tired of hearing about these highlighters, but I am really impressed with the quality! I ended up purchasing this one on eBay for around $10 but it’s completely worth it to me. The formula is very creamy and pigmented, applies well and is very glowy! Crown of my Canopy, the darker shade, is of the same quality. If you can find these anywhere, I highly recommend getting them.

That wraps up this month’s favorites! What were some of yours? Let me know in the comments below ❤

Greed – 7 deadly sins FOTD

This is a look I did in collaboration with a few other beauty bloggers/enthusiasts. Our theme was the 7 deadly sins. I chose to do Greed. ✨

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For this look, I knew I wanted to incorporate gold glitter. But I also wanted to use a lot of products to really get into a mindset of greed and make this look truly excessive. Here’s what I used!

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Face:

  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in N115
  • Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Foundation Stick
  • Sephora Bright Future green color corrector & Gel Serum Concealer in Meringue
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit in Fair (not pictured)
  • Sephora Contour Powder in Tranquil
  • Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Face Palette – Prosecco Pop
  • Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette – Equinox
  • Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals (yes, I stacked 3 highlighters to get that glow!)
  • NARS blush in Orgasm
  • Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel cream bronzer
  • RCMA No Color Loose Powder (not pictured)

Brows:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Eyes:

  • Morphe 35O Palette
  • Equinox from Sleek Makeup Palette for inner corner highlight
  • Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy
  • Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara (THE BEST mascara. New fave!)

Lips:

  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini
  • Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy

First impressions: I used several products for the first time with this look. I’ll just list them out with mini-reviews:

  • Morphe 35O Palette. I’ve had this for a long time but other than playing around with it when I first got it, I never really reach for it. Now that I’ve used it for a whole eye look, I don’t know why I haven’t! The mattes blended beautifully and the dark gold metallic shade I used for a lid base applied smoothly and I didn’t need to use Fix+ to make it pop like with other metallics.
  • Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighter. I was lucky enough to find both shades on eBay for a decent price, but you guys seriously need them. I’m sure literally every other blogger has told you that, but if you can find them, buy them immediately! Precious Petals is such a beautiful color.
  • Sleek Solstice Palette. I bought this because of Jaclyn Hill’s mini Snapchat review and I have no ragrets. It comes with 4 different colors, but because it’s less than $20, I felt comfortable buying it just for the shade Equinox. That’s the crown jewel of this palette for sure. I’ve never seen a highlighter before that was so glowy and just BAM when you apply it!
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini. This is the first Jeffree Star liquid lipstick that I’ve bought in a while. While I’m not sure how I feel about the rootbeer float scent, the formula is still amazing and I think the color is so flattering.
  • RCMA No Color Loose Powder. I purchased this after hearing so many rave reviews about it, but I think I’m still partial to Laura Mercier’s Translucent Powder more. This one did the job, and the price is definitely right, but I feel like it just sucked what little moisture was to be had out of my undereyes.
  • Anastasia Cream Contour Kit in Fair. This was given to me by a friend. I have to say that I was underwhelmed by the formula of the creams. I expected them to be easier to work with. Luckily, I’d watched Miss Jazmina D work with hers enough on Snapchat and learned that you could apply it under your foundation. I did that and found that I liked how it looked much better that way. It was still tough to blend out at parts, but at least I didn’t have to worry about messing up my foundation while doing it. I’ll probably continue to use this kit, but only for nights out or when I have a lot of time to dedicate to my makeup.

Have you guys used any of these products too? What were your faves/flops? Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin! ❤

Play! by Sephora – May 2016

Hey everyone! Who else is ready for this long Memorial Day Weekend? I got my first Play! by Sephora box a few days ago. I was really excited to get it because, like most of you, I am obsessed with Sephora. I hoard their deluxe sample promos like crazy. When I first heard they were doing a beauty box, I signed up immediately. I just got taken off the waiting list this month.

I’m also a big fan of beauty boxes but I haven’t found one yet that I’m consistently satisfied with. Because I shop so frequently at Sephora, I have really high hopes for this box in the long term!

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The theme of this month’s box is The Forces of Nature. This box is all about discovering beauty products that are “high-performing—and good for you, too.” All of the products in this box are derived from natural ingredients.

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Here’s what I received this month:

  • Orange Sanguine by Atelier Cologne. “A refreshing burst of sweet blood orange and bitter orange peel paired with notes of geranium.” Orange Sanguine is part of Atelier Cologne’s Collection Originale, which is made using high concentrations of essential oils to create fresh citrus scents. This perfume smells so citrusy! It’s very potent but I love the scent.
  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi. “Handcrafted, high-pigment lipstick delivers intense hydration using twelve edible oils.” This lipstick contains coconut oil, which is “highly anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and hydrating,” and pomegranate oil, which “moisturizes and protects from environmental damage with antioxidants.” Bite Beauty creates all its lipsticks using food-grade ingredients that are antioxidant-rich and made in small batches. I love Bite’s new Amuse Bouche formula. It’s so pigmented and creamy. Kimchi is such a bold, vivid pink!
  • Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram. “Prime and line with this lip crayon that nurtures with Vitamin E and antioxidants.” Vitamin E is a “natural preservative that nurtures dry skin and helps protect from free radicals.” This lip pencil contains mineral pigments which “produce vibrant, long-lasting color and help to soothe the skin.” The mineral pigments in Tarte’s products are made by crushing actual earth minerals into fine powders and contain no synthetic counterparts, so they’re perfect for sensitive skin. Latergram is a beautiful warm, terracotta/rusty nude. The formula is really nice and applies smoothly.
  • Origins Maskimizer, Drink Up, and Clear Improvement masks. “Innovative priming mist optimizes skin’s condition, while the charcoal mask cleases and the the overnight mask deeply moisturizes.” These products contain: marine algae, a “powerful anti-irritant that helps to soothe and calm the skin;” bamboo charcoal, which “deeply purifies, draws out impurities, and unclogs pores;” white china clay, which “absorbs toxins and balances while being ultra-gentle on skin;” apricot kernel oil, which is a “non-greasy oil that nurtures and hydrates;” and japanese seaweed, which “helps repair skin, which prevents moisture loss and signs of aging.” In partnership with American Forests’ Global ReLeaf Project, Origins has planted over 500,000 trees around the globe.
  • Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial. “Lightweight overnight facial treatment melts into skin to brighten and moisturize with wild rose oil.” This facial contains wild rose oil which is “rich in Vitamin C for helping even skin tone and visibly improve fine lines.” Based in Athens, Korres works with local farmers to produce botanicals and other natural ingredients that are unique to Greece’s climate.
  • Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. “Intensely hydrating hair treatment made with naturally derived ingredients to restore and replenish.” This conditioning mask contains argan oil, which is a “potent multitasking oil that repairs, softens, and reduces frizz,” and avocado oil which “deep conditions and enhances shine without weighing down hair.” Briogeo’s founder was inspired to start a cosmetics company by her grandmother, who harvested raw ingredients from her own farm to make hair care products.

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In addition to these samples, this box comes with a card to present in a Sephora store to receive expert advice and to receive 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with any purchase. Overall, I’m very pleased with my first Play! by Sephora box! This beauty box is definitely worth the $10 monthly fee and is perfect for someone who wants to try out the brands Sephora has to offer without breaking the bank.

Who else receives this beauty box? What did you think? Let me know in the comments ❤

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

Hey everyone! As most of you know, Becca and Jaclyn Hill teamed up to release a whole range of products in the new Champagne Collection. The whole collection releases May 26 exclusively on the Sephora website, including this face palette and an eyeshadow palette, poured Shimmering Skin Perfector, and liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector.

Luckily, Sephora released a few face palettes on the site last week so I scooped it up to review!

The Champagne Collection Face Palette contains three blushes, Champagne Pop, and Prosecco Pop. Rose Spritz contains 0.1 oz of product, Amaretto and Pamplemousse contain 0.12 oz of product, and both highlighters contain 0.19 oz of product each. According to Temptalia’s calculations, that means this palette has a total value of $106.16, which is more than twice the retail price!

First impressions of the packaging: luxe, sturdy, and well-designed. This palette does not feel cheap at all. The palette snaps closed, which adds extra stability especially since the pans are so soft.

The blush pans are all a decent size and I was able to use my usual brush with ease. The highlighter pans are large and I was able to use my large fan brush without dipping into the other pans.

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becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette shades

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becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette blushes

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becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette swatches

The blushes are so pigmented! I was extremely surprised that they were so vivid since Becca’s blush formula is supposed to be light, sheer coverage. Rose Spritz reminds me a lot of NARS Orgasm and gives that perfect glowy sheen. Amaretto is a warm, rosy brown. This color is really great for warming up the complexion to make my face look a little sunkissed, but this color could also probably double as a bronzer in a pinch! Pamplemousse is… wow. So pigmented. So bright. It looks borderline neon on me and makes me look a little sunburned, but I think the right person could wear this well.

I own the full-size Champagne Pop and while there’s no color difference between the two, but I noticed the formula in this palette is a little drier than the original. This doesn’t really affect the application, but there is a bit more powder kicked up with the brush. Prosecco Pop is a true gold highlighter. It is slightly dark for me, but if I mix a little Champagne Pop in when I apply it, it works just fine!

Overall, I think this palette is a great release by Becca. The color selection works for a wide variety of skintones, the quality is A1, and you definitely get your money’s worth. This product is limited edition, so be sure to buy it as soon as it’s released! ❤

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 Review & Dupe Test!

Hey everyone! Today I’ve got a special (and slightly lengthy) post for you all. Pat McGrath’s new Skin Fetish 003 sets, like her previous releases, have been taking the makeup community by storm. The set contains a cream highlight and balm stick, a stippling brush, and a pressed pigment highlighter for $72 USD. The sets come in two different shades—Golden and Nude (shown below).

In this post, I’m going to be reviewing the Skin Fetish set and also reviewing two dupes—the Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm in Euphoria and NARS Cassiopeia.

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Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003. First things first, the packaging for this is beautiful but not the most user-friendly. In order to keep everything contained (in case of a return) I had to store the bag and sequins inside of a Ziploc bag because they got everywhere if I didn’t. The packaging of the pressed pigment and balm/highlighter stick is functional but looks a little cheap for the high price tag. I noticed some air bubbles under the label on the stick and also under the label on the brush. The brush was nice, with soft bristles and a sturdy handle, but the fact that there was a sticker label on it made it look very cheap also. The packaging of the pressed pigment is sturdy but, like the other products, is very basic and looks cheap.

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Now let’s talk performance. All 3 products from the Skin Fetish package performed nicely. The brush was soft and worked with both the cream and pressed pigment. The highlighter and balm were both creamy and applied evenly. The pressed pigment had a dry formula but was very pigmented and applied smoothly over bare skin and well over the cream products. I did have some issues with “stacking” the products on my skin, AKA using them the way they were intended to be. I have severely dry skin, so when I tried to apply the cream highlighter over my foundation, it did not cooperate with my skin. Applying the highlighter with the brush and a stippling motion helped, but when blending the pressed pigment over top of it, it caused my foundation to break up more. However, I’m inclined to believe this is due to the fact that I have severely dry skin, not because the formula is lacking. When I applied the pressed pigment just over foundation, I had no issues at all.

In short, the Pat McGrath Skin Fetish is a collection of well-formulated, nicely performing products. I think for $72, the packaging of the products has a lot of issues that could be improved, but the formulas themselves are awesome. I wish the products were sold separately because buying the pressed pigment separately would be perfect for me.

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Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm in Euphoric. The Ultra Strobe Balm is a cream highlighter available at Ulta. The price is $9, much better than the Pat McGrath collection! The Strobe Balm is the closest color dupe I’ve found to the Skin Fetish pressed pigment.

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However, the formula leaves a lot to be desired. It’s an extremely dry balm that bunches up when swatching on your fingers, but it applies decently over bare skin. I tried applying Kat Von D’s Thunderstruck eyeshadow on top also, but Thunderstruck proved much too warm to be a true dupe for the Skin Fetish highlight.

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When I applied the MUR Ultra Strobe Balm over my foundation, it was extremely hard to work with. I tried to apply it straight from the pan with the Pat McGrath brush and it was hard to get even pigmentation as well as a sheen. After reading some tips on Reddit, I tried swirling a drop of water around the pan and applying it with my finger, but it caused my foundation to lift up and become patchy. As a Hail Mary, I wiped my cheek off, reapplied my base, then tried the Ultra Strobe Balm with a droplet of Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Oil. It caused my foundation to break up extremely badly, so I gave up.

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The Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm formula leaves a lot to be desired but like the Pat McGrath highlighter & balm, I can attribute part of my issues to my super dry skin. I feel like someone with normal or oily skin would not have nearly as many troubles applying this.

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NARS Cassiopeia. Cassiopeia was my last attempt at finding a good dupe for the Pat McGrath pressed pigment! I searched the internet high and low and just decided to take a chance on this eyeshadow. At $29, it’s pricier than the Ultra Strobe Balm, but significantly more wallet-friendly than Skin Fetish.

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pat mcgrath skin fetish dupe nars cassiopeia

It arrived in the mail today and I compared the two shortly after I got home from work. In swatches, the two look slightly different—Cassiopeia is a little more cool-toned. But I think the difference is minute when applied to the face. It takes a little more product for Cassiopeia to build up to the same intensity, but I’m very happy with how it looks and consider this the ultimate winner!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this super long post and found it helpful in your decision about whether or not to buy Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish 003 or either of the dupes mentioned above! Have you found any others? Let me know in the comments below ❤

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Quads

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a good week so far!

A while back, Kat Von D launched a range of eyeshadow quads based off her widely successful Shade and Light palette. The quads came in four different color schemes and were priced at $26 USD each. They appear to be permanent installments to the KVD line. When they launched, I bought Rust and Sage.

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kat von d shade and light eyeshadow sage quad

The packaging of these palettes is really good. The outer case is made of sturdy plastic and the compact size makes them excellent for travel. The pans are large, with the Base color larger than the others. I think this is a smart move because that’s the color you’ll use more and will likely hit pan on before the rest, so giving you more of it increases the longevity of using the palette.

The formula of both quads is consistent. Both are very creamy and pigmented. The shadows swatch and apply easily. Of the two, my personal favorite is Rust, but that’s only because the colors suit my skintone better, not the actual quality of the product.

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kat von d shade and light eyeshadow sage swatches

When I get products, I like to compare them to my collection to see what dupes I can find. The Viseart Neutral Matte palette contains some pretty close dupes of the shades in the Rust quad. The base color of the KVD quad is pinker and the brown and white are both a touch warmer, but when it’s actually on the lid, the difference is indiscernable.

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Overall, the KVD quads are excellent quality products that are great for travel and perfect for adding a little spice to your collection! The colors of the quads are expertly curated and there is something to flatter every eye color in the line.

Have any of you purchased the KVD quads? What did you think? Let me know in the comments ❤

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a good week so far. I was lucky enough to win one of the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks that Nylon Magazine was giving away! Before it arrived, though, I bought two more shades that I’d had my eye on.

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Look how cute the packaging is! I love the lip print on the outside sleeve. The Amuse Bouche formula is very creamy, pigmented, and easy to apply. These lipsticks were made to be a better version of the Luminous Creme line. The Amuse Bouche line is longer lasting, has a citrus scent, and a better color payoff.

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I reviewed (top to bottom) Sweet Peach, Sake, and Black Truffle (Nylon prize). I was very impressed with the color payoff! I only needed a couple swipes to get an opaque swatch. They smell super good too!

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I found all of these to have excellent weartime and held up well against food and drink. The color didn’t settle into lip lines and I needed minimal touch-ups.

Of the 3 shades I reviewed, my favorite was definitely Sweet Peach. It was ultra-flattering to my skintone, easy to work with, and perfect for spring! Sake was a decent MLBB shade but to be honest, I expected it to be more of a mauve-brown and less purple. Black Truffle is an absolutely beautiful shade. I love the color of it! It really speaks to my vampy soul. But I found that while it was extremely opaque and I had no problems with patchiness, it was extremely hard to get a crisp looking line. I would have to use it with a hella good lip liner and be VERY careful while wearing it, which is a little too high maintenance for me.

That being said, this is a really great formula overall and I want to try more shades from the Amuse Bouche collection! This is definitely Bite’s best work so far.

Have any of you tried the Amuse Bouche lipsticks? What do you think? ❤