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05 / 11 / 2017

They’re Real Blue Mascara ($24) is a colored mascara that leaves behind a blue tint  while giving the lashes volume.

The brush is not those fat thistly brushes I’m used to but it does pick up a good amount of product.

The color is not a shocking bright blue. When the mascara dries down, the blue tint is there without over powering the eye look. The formula improved. When I touched my lashes, they didn’t feel hard or brittle.

Overall, I’m very pleased with this colored mascara. They need to come out with more shades like purple or forest green.

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05 / 11 / 2017


3 ($5) is a glitter finish. My swatch is just picking up the cool-brown base. 3 is loaded with glitter. It’s not the hard chunky type and more fine. I’ve been getting more into cooler toned shades, so 3 is perfect.

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04 / 26 / 2017


MAC Fluidline (3 g / 0.1 US oz) in Blacktrack is a pot gel liner in a true jet matte black. In the swatch, I applied one layer using a firm medium angled brush. Since the gel does dry quickly, it is best to do one eye at a time to achieve the desired look. The liner doesn’t skip, flake, leave patches, or crack after another layer.

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04 / 19 / 2017


CP Gel Liners are a close dupe for the Stila Smudge Sticks. On YT, I’ve seen gurus use the liners mainly for tight and water lining (the liner is so thin). However, I still use it as a regular liner even though I can’t make a full thick line.


  • matte


  • black (not intense but medium)


  • retractable


Colourpop Gel Liner ($5) and also comes in a pot.

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03 / 16 / 2017


(I didn’t realize it was swatched too light on my hand)

  Play by Play


High Strung


Running Late


Sideline, Play by Play, and High Strung are metallic and Running Late is matte. Compared to their Super Shock Shadows, the pressed powder is truer to color even though they are bold. The formula of the metallics and matte were not powdery, had minimal fallout, and excellent on the pigmentation. I love wearing metallic shadows. Most metallic shadows I’ve used get dry, are hard to blend out, and I often end up spreading them all over. CP’s metallics did not do any of that. Running Late also did a very good job for a matte shadow. On the brush, I only need to swipe them twice for added intensity.  The shadows are very close to a dupe for the ABH Singles.

The pressed shadows are sold individually. There are a few premade palettes for ($18).



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02 / 07 / 2017

HSN Benefit Cosmetics Defined & Refined Brow Kit $34

 The kit is a four piece set from their redesigned brow line. The kit includes a brow primer, pencil, measuring tool, and highlight.



I am not going into full detail of how to use the products since everyone has a different brow routine. I’m currently happy with mine except I feel this kit makes it easier to have natural and defined brows.

The primer is clear and has a ‘cool to the touch feel.’ I had no idea brow primers existed. I don’t know if a brow primer is something I will regularly start adding to my beauty routine.

The High Brow swatches white but blends in transparent creating an arch.

The Mapping Tool is so neat. The tool is used to map out where the brows need to be filled. I don’t know if the tool is sold separately.

Pencils can have a reputation of being too harsh to fill in the whole brow. My Brow pencil is soft and smooth, doesn’t give off harsh lines, and looks like my natural hairs. The pencil is on one end with a spooly on the other. I don’t like super dark eyebrows, so I chose the shade Light Brown even though I have black/brown hair.

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12 / 28 / 2016






Desert (permanent shade in limited edition packaging for the holidays) is described as a satin peach tan. I love wearing the shade on its own or to warm up the crease. Glitterati (limited edition repromoted) is described as a metallic silver with gold glitter. In person, I noticed Glitterati appears to have olive flecks mixed in with the gold. Glitterati is far from a dupe for their Super Shock Shadow in Liberty. I don’t own Liberty, but from the swatches I’ve seen, Liberty is a true silver blast and highly pigmented. Glitterati is a softer version of Liberty.

Super Shock Shadow is ($5) on Colourpop.

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11 / 30 / 2016


Colourpop has changed the way I view eyeshadows. Their colors are far from boring and very edgy.  Colourpop Super Shock Shadows ($5) have an interesting formula often described as a dry cream pressed pigment. They can be applied with a finger or synthetic brush. I have short nails, so I can easily apply these with my finger and gently blend out with a brush the excess. I was disappointed with Partridge and can’t remember why I picked it in the first place. I’m trying to wear Partridge more except I can’t get into the color. So Quiche, Dare, and Muse are my favs. So Quiche and Bae look great together. The shadows do not crack or crease and feel like pure silk.



Nyx Prismatic Shadows ($6 depending on where they are sold) in Bewitched and Gilded (new colors). The Prismatic shadows are regular powder eye shadow with a metallic finish. They have a very silky formula with little fall out.



Urban Decay Moondust in Solstice ($21) is a pressed powder pigment shift with a reddish/brown base and multi chrome of lavender and light blue. It shows up great on the eye, but my skin color wasn’t allowing me to swatch.


Single eye shadows to me are easier to work with than full size palettes. In a sea of warm toned palettes that I can’t seem to get away from, I chose single eyeshadows that were different and easy to wear. These colors I selected have helped me get out of my shade rut of continuously wearing warm colors. Anyone interested in starting off with eyeshadow, I recommend the Colourpop and NYX depending on budget.

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11 / 25 / 2016


theBalm Time Balm Concealer in shade light/medium ($18) is described as an anti-aging full concealer designed for dark circles and spots. Time Balm reminds me of a hybrid of the Mac Studio Concealer and Benefit Boi-ing. Studio Concealer and Boi-ing are drying and thicker, but Time Balm is more nourishing and smoother. Time Balm works better because it does not crack, crease, settle in the lines, and once it sets, it looks like second skin. I use the Time Balm as an eye base before eye shadow. For easy application, I would either use my finger, a wedged sponge, or a small concealer brush.