April 30, 2016 | Photography | 8 Comments »

Pink flowers

Taken at the Missouri Botanical Garden

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Marshmallow

April 28, 2016 | Beauty, ColourPop | 14 Comments »

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ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Marshmallow

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Marshmallow

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Marshmallow Swatch


I don’t really post about things that don’t work for me. And I certainly don’t like posting unflattering photos of myself. Although after some time I feel all of my photos are unflattering. But I figured I’d change things up today and share this little gem with y’all.

I’m always tempted to try some of those ‘out there shades.’ Out there for me is a shade I wouldn’t dare wear outdoors. Some people can rock the hell out of green and blue lipstick, but I’m so not one of those people. And now I can add greyed out lavender to the list. I’m sure I can make it work by mixing it with another lipstick, but on its own? Nope. You can see my hell no finger wagging self down below. You’re welcome.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Marshmallow

The photo above was taken during my first test. Usually I apply a light layer of lip balm before applying any lipstick. That just made the product slide around my lips making for an uneven application. I tried to get it to spread evenly, but had no luck. I tested it again this time without the lip balm and it applied perfectly. However, it still wasn’t doing me any favors. It was a very comfortable wear and I really like the finish. Also, the Ultra Satin Lip isn’t watery like the Ultra Mattes I’ve tried. It’s definitely more of a creamier lipstick. It’s very nice. If only it didn’t make me look sickly. Which I guess is the theme of the week thanks to this awful cold from hell. Have I complained enough about this cold? No?

I did end up getting a few more shades from the Ultra Satin Lip collection. Thankfully the other shades worked out for me. I had a feeling Marshmallow wasn’t going to work out, but I just had to try it. It’s funny because the husband was just as bummed that it didn’t work for me. He really loves the shade. So do I. So do I…

It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette

April 25, 2016 | Beauty, It Cosmetics | 36 Comments »

PR Sample

It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette

It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette

It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette

It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette

It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette

It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette

It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette

It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette

It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette Swatches

Swatches: Soft Contour, Light Contour, Matte Highlight, Medium Contour, Deep Contour, Radiance Highlight

I know that contouring isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s something I really got on board with. I’ve always disliked the shape of my face. It’s round and on the chubby side. I like that I can change that with a little contouring. Not the super sculpted contouring, but something more natural and subtle. Something that leaves me feeling a little more confident.

I’ve purchased a few contour palettes within the year. I never did care much for the cream based palettes. I’ve seen some amazing things done with them, but I never could get the hang of them. They required way too much work and it left me feeling TOO made up. Which is great if that’s what you’re going for. The only palette I truly liked was my Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette which I did review on my blog, but I won’t link back to it because the photos make me cringe. Anyway, I used that palette daily. Until I received the It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette.

The It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette contains 4 contouring shades in soft, light, medium and deep along with 2 highlighting shades in matte and radiance. I absolutely love radiance! It has a slight shimmer and makes for the perfect highlight! It is seriously beautiful! All of these shades are silky smooth. They can be a little powdery, but it’s not so bad. They applied and blended beautifully. The shades are infused with anti-aging collagen, silk and peptides and are talc-free. The palette also contains a how-to guide in the back which is full of tips and tricks. It’s very informative and is complete with photos so you know what goes where. It is seriously the easiest contour palette I’ve worked with. And I haven’t been able to put it down since it landed on my doorstep.

What I like most about this palette is how easy it is to achieve a nice natural looking contour. The soft and light shades are perfect for just that. Of course you can always mix and match to get a shade that’s just right for you. I personally like the light contour shade along with the radiance highlighter. You can see them in action below.

It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette
It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette

I used the radiance highlighter on my cheek bone, cupid’s bow, nose, and on the inner corner of my eye. I used the light contour shade to contour. I also contoured my nose a bit which is something I don’t usually do. I just wanted to experiment a bit more.

At the moment this palette is sitting on my stand along with all of my other essentials. And there it shall stay. Maybe I’ll do a post sharing all of the items I have there at the moment.

If you use a contour palette, which one is your favorite?

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.


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