Morphe 35O Eyeshadow Palette: First Impressions + Swatches

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Hello everyone! Happy Friday ❤

Morphe is a cosmetics brand known for their quality makeup brushes and sought after eyeshadow palettes. After hearing raving reviews from (several) YouTube Beauty Gurus, I purchased one of Morphe‘s best-sellers to see what the hype was all about. The 35O – 35 Color Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette was a difficult product to get ahold of. Although it’s an affordable palette and contains an array of colors, is this palette really worth the hassle and price?


Palette Details

The 35O palette contains 35 natural matte and shimmery eyeshadows. It retails for $22.99 USD (but there are discount codes online!) and it comes in black 9 x 6 1/2 inch case. The case itself is hard plastic and does not include a mirror or any other additional accessories. Also, the eyeshadows in this palette are not labelled on the front or back.
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Swatches

Note: The images below are arranged according to the order of eyeshadows in the palette.

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First Impressions

Since the 35O – 35 Color Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette contains a wide range of shadows to choose from, you can create several different looks with a single palette. The palette is compact and perfect for on the go and travel. The price of the product is one of its best attributes, however, there are some inconsistencies with the formulation. Some of the matte eyeshadows are patchy and others aren’t as blendable.

Have you tried or reviewed this product? Share your experiences below!

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

 

 

 

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Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in CANDY K: Review + Color Dupe!

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Reality TV personality Kylie Jenner launched her own makeup line, known as Kylie Cosmetics, earlier this year. After successfully releasing the “Kylie Lip Kit,” which included a liquid lipstick and lip liner, Kylie Jenner introduced a collection of different beauty products. Her makeup line is cruelty-free and most of her lip kits are vegan.

Kylie Cosmetics is a fairly new brand, but there are countless of mixed reviews on the products. I’ve personally never invested much time on the TV personality before; however, I enjoy trying new products and got a hold of one of her liquid lipsticks. I wanted to form an opinion of my own on the product that started it all — THE Kylie Lip Kit.

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Product Details*

This “Kylie Lip Kit” in CANDY K includes a matte liquid lipstick and lipliner. According to the brand’s website, the shade is described as “warm pinky nude” and retails for $29.00 USD. The matte liquid lipstick claims it will not dry out your lips, will be long wearing, and will glide on smoothly with its doe footer applicator. The lip liner is not retractable and must be sharpened.

*Each lip product can now be purchased individually and are sold as “Matte Singles”. The CANDY K Liquid Lipstick is $17.00 USD and the Lip Liner is $14.00 USD. If you purchase the singles inside of the Lip Kit, you will be paying two dollars more.
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Swatches & Dupe

The top (heart-shaped) swatch shown below is the Matte Liquid Lipstick in CANDY K by Kylie Cosmetics. The second swatch is the matching Lip Liner in CANDY K, which has a more brownish undertone than the liquid lipstick.

Getting a hold of products by this particular brand can be difficult. I learned of a color dupe for the CANDY K Liquid Lipstick through Ipsy, a monthly beauty subscription service (check out my last post on it here!). They sent over the K, Bye Liquid Lipstick by Trust Fund Beauty, which I must point out has an interesting name. The last (heart-shaped) swatch below shows how K,Bye doesn’t dry down as matte compared to Candy K, but resembles the shade closely.

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Final Thoughts

When I initially tried the CANDY K Lip Liner, it went on smoothly and was creamier than I expected. The liquid lipstick has a prominent artificial cupcake… vanilla… frosting… scent. I’m not one for heavy fragrances, but this one scent went away after some time and didn’t linger. Applying a thin layer of the lipstick ontop of the lip liner worked well for me and once the lipstick dried, it felt like I had nothing on.

Since it is a MATTE Liquid Lipstick, the formula was a little drying after a while. Luckily, it didn’t transfer and it somewhat lasted after I snacked. I found that the CANDY K shade has a more purple than pink undertone and would like a lighter shade for my complexion. The Lip Kit is practical and includes what you’ll need to complete any look. However, it is at a higher price point and within the range of some higher-end brands.

When it comes to lip products, I don’t always wear the same shade, formula, and finish. Also, depending on the season, my preferences change often. I was impressed by the Lip Liner and will be purchasing a lighter shade from Kylie Cosmetics in the future. As far as liquid lipsticks go, I’ll be looking into different brands and Kylie’s new releases.

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Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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IPSY Glam Bag | August 2016

IPSY Glam Bag | August 2016

Ipsy is an online beauty subscription where you sample five different products (e.g. mascara, eyeshadows, etc.) mailed in a collectible bag. There’s a lovely theme each month and the products you receive are personalized according to your answers in a quiz, which is taken at the beginning of the subscription.

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday ❤

It’s the last day of August, which means I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for an entire year! I continue to enjoy the monthly gift in the mail and haven’t (*knocks on wood*) had any major issues with the subscription service. This twelfth glam bag was designed by Michelle Phan herself and I must say, it’s one of my favorites. The theme for August is “Sugar Highness” and Ipsy encourages us to “Live That Fantasy”.

IPSY August 2016 Glam Bag


The products I received August 2016:

  1. Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Treatment by Marc Anthony True Professional 
  2. 20100 maximatte crayon lipstick (in Intimacy) by Lord&Berry 
  3. Neapolitan Palette by Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics 
  4. Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator (in Gleam) by NYX Professional Makeup
  5. Secret Garden Ampoule Masks by Sally’s Box Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Treatment20100 maximatte crayon lipstick in IntimacyJelly Pong Pong CosmeticsNeapolitan PaletteBORN TO GLOW LIQUID ILLUMINATORSecret Garden Ampoule Masks

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
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BH Cosmetics x Carli Bybel Palette: First Impressions + Swatches!

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I have a hand-full of beauty products on my wish list (don’t we all?), which range from drugstore must-haves to high-end exclusives. One product on my list stood out to me several months ago because of its lovely array of eyeshadows and highlighters. Carli Bybel, a YouTube Personalty and Beauty Guru, collaborated with BH Cosmetics and released a palette that has gained notable attention from the beauty community. I finally got ahold of this palette and included my thoughts (AND swatches!) below.

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Carli Bybel designed this versatile 14 Color Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette to dial up the drama and add excitement to your look. Carli’s taste for chic refinement and modern elegance inspired her to select a collection of earthy neutrals and plummy brown shadows with four face highlighters that complement every skin tone. (bhcosmetics.com)


Palette Details

The 14 Color Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette by Carli Bybel, in collaboration with BH Cosmetics, is a vegan and cruelty-free product. The design of the packaging resembles that of a pearl loveseat with tight diamond tufting. There isn’t much weight to the product (1.68 oz), however, there’s a commendable sized mirror inside. The palette itself can be purchased at Ulta Beauty (both in stores and online!) and on BH Cosmetics’s website, retailing at $14.50Carli Bybel Palette (inside1)

The quote located inside of the palette reads: Aspire to Inspire. This is the only text visible when you open the palette and I realized the eyeshadows do not have names. The eyeshadow pans are about the size of a quarter (U.S. coin) and the highlighters are relatively larger with a flowery stamp design. This palette has a magnetic closure and does not include any additional accessories, such as a brush.

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Swatches*

As I mentioned before, the eyeshadows and highlighters in this particular palette are not named. The first row contains four matte eyeshadows and one shimmery eyeshadow. The following row has four shimmery eyeshadows and one matte eyeshadow. Lastly, the third row is composed of four highlighters that can also be used as eyeshadows.

*Note: The images below are arranged according to the order of eyeshadows and highlighters in the palette.

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Final Thoughts

I don’t personally own anything from BH Cosmetics other than this palette, so I can’t compare this eyeshadow/highlight formula with some of their other products. There are a couple of eyeshadows that are not as pigmented as I would like, specifically the fourth shadow in the first row and fifth shadow in the second row, but they do all blend easily. I love the shades created for this palette and I feel they work well for many looks.

Overall, I’m fairly impressed with the quality of the eyeshadows and highlighters in this palette. The mirror inside the palette was a pleasant surprise and although there is a bit of eyeshadow fall-out, the palette is a great value (I purchased it for $11 w/a coupon!). Most of the eyeshadows have great pigmentation and its convenient having highlighters all in one palette. I look forward to trying more products from BH Cosmetics and Carli Bybel in the future.
Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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Wet ‘n Wild Beauty | Hits or Misses

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With temperatures slowly rising here in Southern California (and summer around the corner!), I felt that my go-to makeup routine needed some updating. Summer, for me, tends to be the ideal time for more natural, glowy looks. Wet ‘n Wildan affordable cruelty-free makeup brand, released several new products in their spring/summer collection and also reformulated some of their original products. I picked up a few of their goodies from my local drugstore and after trying them out for a couple of weeks, I’m here to share if they’re hits or misses!

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Au Naturel EyeShadow Palette – Bare Necessities 753A

I picked up this eyeshadow palette mainly because it was under five (or six?) dollars. I didn’t swatch it at the store or anything, but the colors were pretty enough to make it into my shopping basket. The packaging is sleek and the palette includes a double-sided eyeshadow applicator inside (the kind that doesn’t last very long though). There are 10 shadows in total, eight of which are shimmery. There are two brown toned mattes shades and each shade is labelled as a number (from left to right). These shadows are pretty pigmented, blend fairly very well, but are more powdery than buttery.

Photo Focus Setting Spray

WetnWild Photo Focus Setting Spray

According to the Wet ‘n Wild website, this makeup setting spray claims to be a “weightless formula” that will “extend makeup wear.” I used this spray multiple times, sometimes switching out products to test out the longevity, and must agree that this product does what it says it will. The spray nozzle releases product evenly and the formula doesn’t make your face feel sticky or dry. For less than five dollars, your makeup will last most of the day with this setting spray (it’s amazing!).

MegaGlo Illuminating Palette – Catwalk Pink 320

I’m all for that twinkling highlighted skin, especially during the spring and summer. This Illuminating Palette reminded me of Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips and since it’s more affordable, I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, there isn’t much color payoff with this product, even with the new formula. It was much to sheer to me and I found it wasn’t very visible on the skin. I tried mixing all the shades together but it still wasn’t enough to make a noticeable difference.


Final Thoughts

Overall, I feel that Wet ‘n Wild is a promising brand that has some great products. I was pleasantly surprised by the Au Naturel Eyeshadow palette in Bare Necessities 753A and think the colors are absolutely lovely. It’s definitely a hit. Another product that I particularly enjoy (more like love!) is the Photo Focus Setting Spray. Seriously, track it down and try it. It’s a hit for me! Lastly, the MegaGlo Illuminating palette didn’t do much for me so it’s a miss in my book, but maybe it could work for you.

What Wet ‘n Wild products have you tried? Any recommendations?

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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Joining Instagram | Alive and Living

Hello everyone! Happy Monday ❤

I’m finally done with all my [University] finals and have started Spring Break today! Since I now have more time on my hands, I decided to attend to projects I’ve put aside due to school. A much needed break is also needed so I won’t be posting next week. I have good news though! Because I feel much more comfortable blogging and have created an ideal blogging schedule (new posts every Tuesday), I joined Instagram!

Instagram | Alive & Living

Instagram is another creative outlet that anyone can use to build their online presence. It’s especially useful for bloggers because it allows them to share their thoughts and ideas visually, capturing moments while growing their readership. You can find my Instagram here and I plan to incorporate it into my blogging routine. Expect motivational quotes, fashion inspiration, and more!

Do you have an Instagram for your blog? I would love to check it out and others will too! Link it below ❤

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
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