Karrueche X Colourpop Fem Rosa 'SHE' Eyeshadow Palette (Teatime! + First Impressions Video)

Hello! Betcha didn't know I actually had a YouTube channel! Hey, I didn't either! Because yep, it still sucks. πŸ˜ I don't put much time or effort into it, at the moment, to be honest - at least, not even a marginal amount, compared to the amount of time I put into my blog (and life has been a bit hectic, so video quality suffers as a result - I just wanted to get it posted quickly, so please forgive the choppiness and low-res. It was done on my Chromebook Screencastify app, so of course it's going to be muy mal. πŸ˜‚ I'm still trying to decide whether I'll even have time to commit to even having a better quality YouTube channel, so bear with me in the meantime).

This Colourpop X Karrueche Fem Rosa "She" Eyeshadow Palette is something I've been wanting to talk about since I first received this gorgeous baby full of 12 metallic and matte warm shades in the post last week! Here I go more in depth on the formula, pigmentation, color selection, and my initial thoughts! I'm pretty much spilling the tea on this palette - the good, the not-so-good, and everything in between! Swatches of this palette will be uploaded soon!




Currently Reading: The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

     - Dialogue from Sherlock, BBC, Season 1, Episode 1: 'A Study in Pink'
     John Watson to Sherlock Holmes: "Who are you?"
     Sherlock Holmes: "I'm a consulting detective."
     John Watson: "What does that mean?"
     Sherlock: "It means when the police are out of their depth - which is always - they consult me." (one of my favorite bits of the conversation where Mr. Holmes for all intents and purposes takes a smart-ass dig at London law enforcement πŸ˜)

     As the time is approaching where I will inevitably be in the mindset where I want to read things other than Sherlock Holmes, for the moment, I'm definitely on a Sherlock kick. I'm currently reading Modern Library Classics The Adventures and Memoirs, as well as the Sherlock Holmes-Mary Russell spinoff series by Laurie R. King, and don't have any intention of slowing down on the great detective and master of wit anytime soon! (And, please forgive this picture lol, it's the only one I've taken of the book, and it was during a Panera breakfast time ages ago...been a while since I've had it, now that I think about it 😊). 

Thus Far . . .

     This is a very fine collection, and the stories of Sherlock Holmes have been so very cherished throughout the 20th and 21st centuries for good reason, I now realize. They will continue to be as such. I like to read these short stories on my short breaks in between classes at uni, as well as just before I go to bed. I've put the entertainment and excitement of 5 cases in this novel behind me so far, and am now on page 122 and am reading The Adventure of the Man with the Twisted Lip - and the thing I'm left wishing at the conclusion of each case, is only that these stories were longer than 25-30 pages! I'm nowhere near complaining, though, because Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an absolute master at brevity, and the cases are fleshed out enough and are quick-witted and incredibly detailed (I just like reading a lot). We are able to see the human side of Sherlock, along with the impact of the help of his comrade and former army doctor John Watson, as well as the mysteries and grisly work they do in their travels. 

How I'm Reading These Cases . . .

Needless to say, I'm a linear reader, and I don't like to jump around in novels I'm reading, regardless of whether or not they're short stories. In the case of the Sherlock Holmes Adventures, these cases are developmental, and indicate progress in the friendship and camaraderie between Sherlock and Watson, and skipping around stories would probably be rather a disservice to the reader, in my humble opinion. The prolific sarcasm and deductive reasoning never gets stale, and is only part of why Doyle's works are known as overt classics recognized under the genius breed. 

These are stories that I along with many other classics readers treasure greatly, and I've read one of these cases in the past as a kid, however I wish I was introduced to more of them sooner - nonetheless, they resonate at any age, and the way these characters think begins to rub off on the reader as time goes on, whether the reader may realize it or not. I'm so glad to have these stories in my possession now, as I began watching the BBC show around the same time I started reading the Sherlock-Mary Russell series, but long before I ever got back into reading the wonderful originals.

I'll update you as my journeys from reading these mysteries begin to accrue! Have a wonderful Sunday!


Clinique Pops of Happy Lip Glaze & Perfume Coffret | First Impressions + Weekend Chicago Trip Ramblings!

Clinique Pops of Happy Lip Pop Glaze Lip Colour & Perfume Coffret

     Hello again!! πŸ˜πŸ’›Wow, I'm soooo incredibly happy to be back on the bloggie! Phew, long hiatus there, right? So, *awkwardly clears throat* aaaaaand - begin riff: Uh - It's been a long time...I shouldn'ta left you - without a dope beat to step to.....step to - step to - uhhuh - step to.... boom. Ok...I'll stop embarrassing myself now. πŸ˜„πŸ˜I could've left you with a travel blog post, or something a bit more interesting than a measly book review, damn. Well, let me stop there....because I just recently took a short weekend trip to Chicago for some discoveries and urban dwelling and inspiration (and possibly a new beginning soon!) so there will be an entire account of my wanderings in the heart of that city! The photos are being curated, and will be up on my blog soon!


Book Review | A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King: Vol. 2 of the Sherlock Holmes-Mary Russell Series

Yes, another book review! It's in the cards for me to delve into this review of A Monstrous Regiment of Women, the second installment in the Sherlock Holmes-Mary Russell series of case and adventure-laden novels, brought to life on ink and pages by none other than Laurie R. King! I know some of you will feel a bit of second-hand embarrassment, but I'll say it anyway: I'm actually listening to the Sherlock BBC theme whilst typing up this draft. So, don't judge me! πŸ˜„

In this second installment, Sherlock Holmes takes a backseat, and Mary Russell takes the reins, so to speak. Let the review commence!


Glossy Summer Lip Combo: Iridescent Watermelon!

'Tis a beautiful day, and you all know why! 😊 Happy Mother's Day! 
Today's blog post will be featuring a bright (yet sheer!) summer lip combo that I've been wearing quite a lot of lately! It's an interesting combo of a punchy creamy watermelon with a flash of peach and violet iridescence! Revlon Lip Butters....oh, how I miss you.


WTH?? New Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Collection! | My Thoughts + What I Might Purchase

     Hello hello there! So, everyone forgive me, but I'm having a bit of a conundrum here with this unicorn makeup trend that the beauty industry has been buzzing about, (as they're inevitably gaining a ton of profit from it, it seems!) I know I just need to accept the fact that I am a 25-year old grown-@ss woman working in corporate professional settings, and I don't really have many nights out on the town that would render wearing pastel rainbow hues to be, um, appropriate? I don't know, other than attending conferences, the occasional museum outing with work colleagues, and spending so much of my time trying to get my violin to like me enough to stop its damn scratching sound while I practice it at home or in the studio at my school, and talking to my actual human friends long distance on Skype (we live hundreds of miles apart) - I just don't have much going on right now to do anything remotely close to party makeup.

With that said, I realize that I no longer have any practical business going through with purchasing wacky-hued, eye-catching colorful makeup products, because I hardly ever have occasion to wear them in an appropriate setting!  Hell, I really don't even wear much shimmer to the office; I keep it safe with all matte neutrals, to keep it real. And to think, less than two months ago, I was about to give my hair a drastic makeover, and dye it a periwinkle and lavender ombre! The thought of doing it now is just laughable. πŸ˜„

Lovelies, while this post will be sans any promo pics of the new Wet 'n' Wild Unicorn Collection for obvious copyright reasons, I will instead leave you a link to an article from Bustle (link) that reveals each individual product in this Wet 'n' Wild collection, as well as the collection release dates (which I will include in this post anyway), and all the information you need to know (sans the prices), if you're interested! 

So, When Will it Become Available?

    According to this Instagram post from Wet 'n' Wild, there looks to be a total of 8 gorgeous pastel-hued makeup pieces and 1 makeup brush piece in this collection, releasing first to attendees of the New York City BeautyCon on May 20th. 
Then ulta.com will launch the collection, and it will be available on May 21st. 
Subsequently, on May 22nd, it will be available on wetnwildbeauty.com. I'm sure that if they decide to send stock of this collection to select store locations, it will sell out in rapid fire succession, but as of yet, I haven't heard of a release date for any physical locations. Fingers crossed that there will be!

Products I Might Get from the Collection!

    Of all the beautiful highlighters, and the pale iridescent Mega Last lipsticks housed in packaging identical to their original Mega Lasts (but these have white packaging, rather than the standard black packaging the other ones have), and candy-colored shimmery loose eyeshadow pigments, and their unicorn brush, I'm thinking of holding back and only getting 2 items from this collection, for practical reasons. Those items that peaked my interest are the beautiful pink and tangerine-toned Color Icon Rainbow Highlighter in 'Everlasting Glow,' as well as the Unicorn Highlighting Brush. I mean, really now, how could one pass up on that brush? The brush handle on this one from Wet 'n' Wild is very reminiscent of the other unicorn-horn brushes we're seeing in the mainstream and indie market right now, such as the ones from Tarte. I know I love the general quality of the brush line from Wet 'n' Wild, so probably won't pass this one up, unless, of course, Wet 'n' Wild decides to hike up the price because of the design, and sells it for 7 freaking dollars or something crazy like that. 

With that said, I think I'll pass on everything else in this collection. I've tried one of Wet 'n' Wild's Loose Eyeshadow Pigments before, and to be honest, the ones in this collection look like something that NYX would have in their permanent line, and just don't look like anything special. However, if they're duochrome? I will be all over that shizz! I have absolutely no reservations when it comes to duochrome colors. 😍

I simply enjoy NYX pigments much more than the Wet 'n' Wild pigment I tried, so if there isn't a dual shift in there for this collection, I probably won't get 'em. The Wet 'n' Wild pigments could use just a bit of work with their formula, though, and the lone pigment I have from them is a coppery neutral (the name of the pigment is 'Dom & Cherry on Top') that yields a pretty thin formula, and the binders are just a bit off to me. I found that it didn't adhere to skin very well, and while moderately pigmented, this bronzed copper shade ends up giving more of a wash of a sheer color with a more muted shimmer than anything (much like a pressed shadow would) and it doesn't give much of an impact, even when used with a damp brush. Its swatch tells a completely different story, though, so I'm disappointed that the moderately nice shine and pigmentation of the color swatched on my hand didn't match the finish or color intensity I got during actual application (and I've tried many methods: no primer, different primers, using different brushes, using my fingers, but no dice - oh how I wish my eye skin was the same texture as the skin on my hand! Mmkay, a weird wish, but I digress).

Let's open up a discussion here! Are you thinking of picking up anything from this collection? Or will you pass on it? Let me know, and I hope the sun is shining bright and beautiful where you are! 😎

πŸ’‹ xoxo-Cailee


A Bookly Tuesday | A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire #1 by George R.R. Martin | Thoughts & Update

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire #1 by George R.R. Martin. Phew, let me wipe that imaginary sweat off my brow, and say that if this wasn't in paperback edition, I would've happily used it as a doorstop before I commenced in reading it, because for some reason I'm the kind of person/reader who is perpetually drawn to the large, heavy tomes rather than smaller ones, but when the time comes that I actually pick them up to read them, I'm left shaking my head, not knowing what the hell I was thinking to even pick them up in the first place. Ideally, it was a goal of mine to finish the first novel in this series before summer semester at uni started, and while that ended up not being the case (my reading habits took a bit of a nose-dive last month), the good news is that I've read about 75% of it!

Knowing nothing about the HBO Game of Thrones series, and not being much a fan of fantasy literature at any rate (historical fiction is what I tend to prefer, where fantasy, save for some series, is just a genre that I just don't tend to gravitate towards anymore), I just had to see for myself, in regards to this series, what the world was going essentially ape-shit insane over, and so wanted to share some of my thoughts on it so far! 😁


4 Underrated Eyeshadow Palettes I Wish Weren't Discontinued. . .

     Happy Saturday, everyone!  I must say, talking about discontinued products never seemed to be a popular topic of discussion for me or other bloggers to really focus on much, and while there were originally plans to curate this into a small video series akin to being something like Products I Love & Wish Were Brought Back, alas, here we are in a blog post. πŸ˜ƒ 


Book Review | The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King: Vol. 1 of the Sherlock Holmes-Mary Russell Series

The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
     'Tis high time for a book review! My 2-week blog-cation has ended, and now, I have found it... this fascinating mystery series of Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell's fast-paced, adventurous detective partnership is one that I would like to treasure, and will gladly dedicate my time to for the rest of 2017! Today, I'll be reviewing the first installment of this series written by Laurie R. King, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Or, On the Segregation of the Queen.


'What the Heck?' Product Regret: NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer | Review

NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer in Ivory
NYX Gotcha Covered Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer in 'Ivory'
Hello lovelies!  Welcome to my third post in my blog's 'What the Heck?' Product Regret series! That's weird, isn't it...to say 'Welcome to my blog post!' Strange, hmph... Ideally, I wouldn't have to do any of these, but since I occasionally make impulse buys at the drugstore just like most everyone else, there are some products that don't pass my usual 'You don't need it. You've read nothing about it, so just walk away' mental filter. I won't say who, but there was a YouTube beauty gal I had watched for quite a while who has a similar skin type to me (dry skin) and last year I saw a review where she said this concealer had worked nicely for her, so I went out and promptly bought it. And I've had this tube for 7 months now, so at long last - here we are! A review! πŸ˜„ 
NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer in Ivory
NYX Gotcha Covered Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer in 'Ivory'


Currently Reading : Snow-Storm in August by Jefferson Morley

Snow-Storm in August by Jefferson Morley

Spring Forward: A Small Haul + Some First Impressions!

Spring Forward: A Small Haul + Some First Impressions!
     Spring is now officially upon us, it seems! Rain is aplenty, but those cloudy days haven't been overriding the days with sunshine, thankfully! Over the course of the past couple of months, yours truly has been scavenging Ulta drugstore sections and various other places for some spring beauty pick-me-ups (or, ahem, I guess cheap thrills is more like it). Bright vivid eyeliners, a poppy red lipstick (or two!), along with some neutral matte lipsticks, and some nice sweet-smelling balmy lip treats are the results of my attempt to change my makeup game a bit this season with some colors that may (or may not!) veer a little outside of my comfort zone! I've had the chance to try some of these items out as well, so you bet that some of these will include first impressions! Let's begin!


Book Review | The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Book Review | The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Book Review | The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Oh mercy, has Gaiman has crafted an absolute gem with this one! This will be my first book review, and it's one that has been almost a week in the making, and I have to say that I couldn't have chosen a more befitting novel for a first review if I tried! Spoiler alerts are accounted for! With that, let's begin...


Lip Love: Maybelline Color Elixir Glosses | My Collection + Swatches

Lip Love: Maybelline Color Elixir Glosses | My Collection + Swatches
     I can say with certainty that Maybelline lip products have tended to be some of my best purchases from the drugstore, with only a couple of exceptions that are only in terms of choosing an unflattering shade for my skintone, and not necessarily a faulty formula. I can say I have yet to encounter a Maybelline lip formula that I dislike. Their Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks are always my first stop when I visit the brand's section, just to see if any new colors have been released. 😍 It's no question that the Creamy Matte formula is certainly in my top 5 favorite formulas of lip products, and that's not just for drugstore - it's overall! 

     Alas, it's almost time to part with one of my favorite moisturizing, comfortable lip gloss formulas - these Color Elixirs are at a heavily discounted price in many places, and so since it seems that the brand is phasing them out soon, I thought I'd show these glosses some love on my blog! It really is a lip love with these, as they really show the lips love by providing a hydrating feel and long lasting wear! Oh, and I almost forgot: They also only require 1 coat! All swatches below are done with only 1 pass of the applicator!
Lip Love: Maybelline Color Elixir Glosses | My Collection + Swatches
Maybelline Color Elixirs L-R: Signature Scarlet, Blush Essence, Caramel Infused, Mauve Mystique, Mystical Magenta


What's In | Affordable Korean Skincare

Tony Moly Bamboo Cool Water Soothing Gel, Skinfood Egg White Pore Mask
     Happy Tuesday!  Imagine my surprise when I was making a visit to Ulta after work one day, and realized that they had added Skinfood and Tony Moly to their skincare selections in the U.S.! I rewound back and remembered when I bought a cleanser when they had the entire Tony Moly brand at steeply discounted prices a while back, so I thought that some Ulta's were phasing the brand out to make way for a new one. I'm so glad that I was wrong, and that they now have a revamp and an even larger selection of the brand! 

Skinfood and Tony Moly are fairly affordable Korean skincare brands that both have origins in South Korea. I was familiar with Skinfood for their salmon corrector (which you have seen on this blog since the very first post I published back in 2014 - this concealer is truly my holy grail!), so I was excited to delve into their skincare! Tony Moly was originally offered at Sephora (we sold a ton of it when I worked there, it's just really that affordable) and my experience as of yet with their fares consists of a shea butter lip balm and their Moisture Foam Cleanser. 

Tony Moly Bamboo Cool Water Soothing Gel, Skinfood Egg White Pore Mask
Skinfood Egg White Pore Mask, $10.50, Tony Moly Bamboo Cool Water Soothing Gel, $9.50
As is probably obvious, the packaging is what ultimately won me over with these items!


Diaries of a Demure Vixen | Essie NOTW

Essie Demure Vixen
Essie Demure Vixen
Essie Demure Vixen
     Surprised as I may be that I have not yet featured Essie's Demure Vixen polish (one of my all-time favorite colors to wear on my nails) on my blog yet, I just have to remind myself that yes, my schedule for blogging used to be non-existent lol. Ahem, not to mention that my nails are never really in good form. But I digress! This lovely medley of mauve and taupe has a lilac/violet iridescence to it that is stunning, and leads one to think that it's no wonder that Demure Vixen is a best-seller in the brand. This has been on my nails the past few days, and is a shade that is neutral enough that I can wear for an extended period of time without feeling like I have to change it up, because the opalescence keeps me interested. So, as it stands, it's looking like this will be my Nail of the Week (NOTW)!

This polish has been with me for the last three years, and I have yet to finish my bottle - say what? It's currently one-third of the way through the bottle, and I'm surprised I haven't used more of it, because this is a definite 3-coater. The formula's thin, and the flash of shimmer is fairly subtle (the more coats you apply, the more apparent the violet shimmer is), but it's such an interesting neutral shade that I've found myself always willing to work with, because the results are just too incredibly stunning! It takes a while to dry (it stays a bit gummy for upwards of ten minutes), so I use my Out the Door Topcoat, and it sets immediately and I never get chips or the need to touch up until after 1 week.
Essie Demure Vixen
Essie Demure Vixen
Essie Demure Vixen

As far as polishes, do you prefer neutrals, vamps, or brights? I'm also looking into starting nail art, but my nails are such nubbins, I always render it pointless! Any tips? 


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Blue & Brown Colorful Smokey Eye + Purple Lips

Blue & Brown Colorful Smokey Eye + Purple Lips
     Hello beauties! Let's call this look Sunday's experimentation! I wore this when I went out with friends in the evening, and I must say I felt so comfortable wearing these brighter tones! Could it be a sign that brights are one of the paths less traveled for me that should in fact be traveled more often? Who knows! I swear, every time I watch a Kat Von D video, I'm always inspired to get my makeup out, experiment with colors, and go crazy. The lady and her artistry is a force to be reckoned with, and all the same, I own absolutely nothing from her brand (only heaven knows why). This look actually isn't inspired from any of the looks I've seen - I just winged it and hoped for the best. 😊This is quite a statement look that's perfect for parties and nights out!

This look is comprised of a blue brown duochrome pigment on the lid, some warm and cool mattes in the crease, and a matte azure blue and a dazzling icy green pigment peeking out from beneath. I finished with a creamy glow to the skin, and a matte smokey purple lip. This will include a full list of products used, and at the very end of the post will be a step-by-step on how I achieved the eye makeup!


3 Pampering Body Care Essentials for Late-Winter

The Body Shop, Tree Hut, Philosophy
     Welcome back!  Well everyone, we have reached the time of year where the inconsistent weather patterns and climates can really begin to wreak havoc on our skin and affect it in many ways, whether it's a cold and dry climate or hot and damp - skin changes along with the weather. That's why it's essential to take care of your skin and keep it well-hydrated and exfoliated, especially during the cold-weather months! Here I will showcase a few products that can battle the winter and keep dry, parched skin at bay, replacing it with soft, radiant, and nourished skin!

The Body Shop, Tree Hut, Philosophy


Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette | Look No. 1: Warm & Glowy Pink

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette | Look No. 1: Warm & Glowy Pink
wearing Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette
Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette | Look No. 1: Warm & Glowy Pink
     It's almost Friday! Every now and then we discover a makeup product that sends us into the horizon with wings, jumping up and down for joy and exclaiming to everyone, 'I've found it! It's here! The perfect tones to forever grace my crepey eyelids!' 

     Well, we may not do that in real life....but we certainly do tell everyone we can when cruising about online, yes? πŸ˜€ This palette became an addition to my collection last Christmas, and I'm ashamed to admit that I used it a mere two times, and then, for no reason other than the fact that I just wasn't wearing much makeup during that time, the palette sat in the back of my makeup drawer, untouched for a month or so. Roll in February, whence I dug it out and fell in love all over again.
Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette
Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette


A Cleanser You Should Try! Lumene Finland Bright Touch Cleansing Foam

     Welcome back! How are you all?  Oh yes, I have a mid-week skincare review! The Lumene Skincare brand is an affordable Finnish brand of which most ingredients are plant and mineral based (and 80% are located within the Arctic Circle, how sweet is that?), and this brand has been all over my radar lately with their increasingly accessible targeted lines of skincare! They have anti-aging benefits with many of their products, some of which are marketed for all skin types, such as the one I'll be reviewing today: the Bright Touch Refreshing Cleansing Foam (formerly Radiant Touch in a squeeze tube instead of Bright Touch in a bottle w/ pump).
Lumene Finland Bright Touch Refreshing Cleansing Foam


Wet 'n' Wild Photo Focus Concealer | A Review

     Happy Sunday! Looks like I've been on a streak as of lately, because this is the second blog post in a row I've done with Wet 'n' Wild products. Dunno why, darling! I've just been using the brand on the regular! Today I am reviewing this lovely little $4 concealer from the brand's more recent skin base product launch, the new Photo Focus foundation and concealer line. The concealer shade I'll be reviewing is 'Light Ivory.' 


Queen Of My Heart | Limited Edition Wet 'n' Wild Mega Glo Highlighters!

Wet n Wild Limited Edition Queen of My Heart Mega Glo Highlighting Powders
Wet 'n' Wild Mega Glo Highlighting Powders in 'Lilac to Reality' and 'The Sweetest Bling'
     Hello there!  A couple nights ago, whilst teetering precariously in the makeup aisle on the edge of a possible limited edition impulse purchase, trying to decide between what to get (and what not to get - story of a makeup enthusiast's life, right?), I found myself, once again, standing and gawking at the new Wet 'n' Wild line-up of kitschy adorable heart-shaped products for their limited edition Queen Of My Heart Collection. Upon gawking, I remembered what I had said in one of my last videos on my channel: how I had been rather intrigued by these cute little powder highlights! Well, originally it was just the lilac highlighter that peaked my interest, but upon second glance at the pink one, I had an inkling that both were coming home with me!
Wet n Wild Limited Edition Queen of My Heart Mega Glo Highlighting Powders
Wet 'n' Wild Mega Glo Highlighting Powders
Left: 'Lilac to Reality' | Right: 'The Sweetest Bling'


Reviews and Comparison | Flower Beauty Ultimate Eye Color & L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow

Flower Beauty Endless Wear Ultimate Eye Color in 'Sheer Sands,' L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in 'Blinged & Brilliant'
Hello there! Most of us are somewhat familiar with that cream/powder hybrid eyeshadow formula that has been pretty popular, right? Lancome did the introductions with this hybrid formula, then L'Oreal jumped on, and now brands like ColourPop (which, what's wrong with me? I still have not tried these yet!) and Flower Beauty have their own versions of the formula, ranging from a more cushion-y and creamy base setting to a powder finish, to some brands having a more powder-based pigment formula at the onset, with just a wee bit more move-ability that still makes it feel somewhat creamy.

In today's post, I will be reviewing and comparing two similarly toned peachy neutral eyeshadows from two drugstore formulas with similar price points: the Flower Beauty Ultimate Eye Color in 'Sheer Sands,' and the L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in 'Blinged & Brilliant.' Let's begin! 


Books I'm Currently Reading!

Books I'm Reading: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, A Song of Ice and Fire Series: Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Hi folks! Here's an update on a couple of books I started in February and have made a bit of a dent in since then. These are pretty much the only things beside me in my bed. 😁


Drugstore 1st Impression and Swatches | Hard Candy Top Ten Satin Eyeshadow Palette in 'Rich & Famous'

Hard Candy Top Ten Satin Eyeshadow Palette in 'Rich & Famous'
      Hello everyone, and happy Monday! So, would anyone like to see a stunned makeup enthusiast's first impression on an insanely cheap palette? Because that's what I'll be doing in regards to this Hard Candy Top Ten Satin Eyeshadow Palette in 'Rich & Famous.' Ahem, now people, this is a $6 palette...just let that sink in, and let those swatches further down do the math for you. πŸ˜‰ I know, I know, it's mathematically impossible to do that, but - I digress!
Hard Candy Top Ten Satin Eyeshadow Palette in 'Rich & Famous'


The Crème Shop Makeup Blending Beauty Sponge Review | They Look Delicious! But Do They Work?

     Everyone feast your eyes on these recent finds from Marshall's! I found these blending sponge sets a couple weeks ago, was intrigued, and....well, you know the rest. Since then, I've had time to put them to the test! These beauty blending sponges from The CrΓ¨me Shop  (an LA based brand that I've never heard of before, and according to their website, they're indeed cruelty free!) are inspired and shaped similarly to those delicious sweets that you'll find gracing the shelves of almost any French patisserie!


Books I've Finished Reading So Far in 2017!

     So, with being a college student, I only put a total of 14 books as my reading goal for 2017. Sounds a little on the low side, but I'm sure I'll exceed that number by the end of the year. And I'm not going to include the books I have to read for my courses. Strictly leisure reading, this is! I'm still working on reviews for all of these, and they will be on my blog and on Goodreads in due time. 
Books I've Finished in 2017: The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King


New Brush Sets + Tools From Real Techniques!

Real Techniques is certainly setting off a buzz this spring! They have made plenty of room in their line and have rolled out a hefty total of six new brush kits, and they have you completely covered! From base makeup, to eyes, to brows, to contouring and blushing, this brand is rocking it this year! I have been seeing these sets pop up in my local Ulta and Target, and managed to snap some phone pics of the sets! I am not being sponsored in any way, and neither Nic or Sam have a clue who I am. I'm just here to tell you about exciting new releases! So, here they are! 
Real Techniques Flawless Base Set, $19.99 (link)


'What The Heck?' Product Regret: e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain in 'Rouge Radiance' | A Review

e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain in 'Rouge Radiance' | A Review
e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain in 'Rouge Radiance,' $4

Good day to you all! Does it feel like summer yet, to anyone out there? I wanted to post a quick review on what I initially hoped would be a seemingly perfect, inexpensive summer lip product from e.l.f., as I have twenty or so minutes to kill before I have to gear up to drive back to my city.

So, e.l.f. has an Aqua Beauty range of products that they released last spring, and this collection is said to be limited edition. However, upon looking at the site, I'm seeing that all of the products are still available, and much of the line is just now starting to pop up in Target stores.

e.l.f. has an absolute crapload of shades available in their Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain range on their site, with a whopping six total shades to choose from. However, I've only been able to track down three of those shades in any physical location I've been to. The only one that I ended up taking home with me, and the same one I featured in a recent haul, is in the color Rouge Radiance. Read on in this review if you are thinking of picking one of these up, and want to see whether or not it might be something you'll like! As you can see from the title, this product was a bit of a regret for me, ultimately because of ingredient sensitivity, though that doesn't mean you won't like it! 

Bare Lips, no product
e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain in 'Rouge Radiance' | A Review
Two layers of e.l.f. Radiant Gel Lip Stain in 'Rouge Radiance' | Left shows initial application, right shows product after it sets


Let's Talk Friday 2017: Positive Vibes & Owning Up To Your Decisions

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Hi friends!
This is a bit of a different topic than what I usually discuss here. It's something that I really hope reaches someone and causes them to look at a situation they may be in with a different lens, so to speak! I posted this recently on my personal Facebook, and felt that it would be good to do one of these every once in a while on the blog, just to reflect and hopefully give whoever is reading a different, more positive mindset. 


Recent Drugstore Acquisitions + Urban Decay Swap!

     I'll start with the swap, then I'll go on to the rest of my purchases. With my friend, a couple weeks ago I swapped out my Urban Decay Vice 2 palette that I had never used, for the gorgeous Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette. I needed some bright hues in my life, and thought this would fit the bill. I had wanted to purchase the Electric Palette for such a long time, that I just felt like trying the first Urban Decay selection of rainbow hues that my eyes passed over, because well, they can do no wrong, right? Well, I still can't say how sure I feel about the Full Spectrum just yet, as I've only used about a third of the shades in the palette on my eyes thus far. I was, upon first impression, a bit disappointed with the performance of some colors moreso than others. It's still on Sephora's site on sale for $35, if you want to check it out.

Now, getting more experimentation with e.l.f. products. I had really wanted to try their Illuminating Palette after seeing how the formula blended into the skin, not to mention my enthusiasm after seeing the complete absence of glitter or sparkle particles in any of the powders! I had also heard great things about a couple of their newly launched lip products, and decided to try out their Poreless Face Primer as well! I have more from other brands as well! Just take a look at these beauties!

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