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ColourPop You Had Me At Hello Palette Review & Swatches

If you follow this blog or my social media accounts, you know that I am a pretty big fan of ColourPop's pressed shadow 12-pan palettes. In fact, I will link all my previous reviews, so you can see my swatches and thoughts on all the ones I have purchased so far, which is all minus the My Little Pony palette. 

The You Had Me At Hello palette is the first Colourpop palette with a mirror, it's filled with shades that I was pretty excited for, but it's also the first of these palettes that has disappointed me. After using it a few times and doing a second set of swatches, I like the palette, but I definitely don't think it's ColourPop's best and it makes me wonder if they are not pushing products out too quickly. 

The You Had Me At Hello palette costs $18, which is only $2 more than the no-mirror palettes. I love the addition of the mirror and that ColourPop didn't raise the price by more than two bucks. 

So this is a very neutral palette, which I know a lot of people are getting tired of, but I really found the color range pleasing to the eye and loved the shade Look-See, which gives the palette a pop of  purple/plummy happiness. 

Overall I really liked the shade selection in here especially Look-See, and because it is their newest palette, I expected the quality to be the same as the rest of their palettes, if not better. 

Unfortunately the Look-See shade is very dry and patchy. During my 1st set of swatches it was so hard to swatch, and the more than I tried to layer a little bit of product on top the patchier that it got. Using it on my eyes was also not super successful, even though it seems to be pretty pigmented on a finger swatch I could not really get that pay off on my eye with a brush. It's almost like the pigment sticks either to my finger or brush and won't deposit on the skin. 

As for the rest of the matte shades, I feel they are pretty on par with all the other matte shades from earlier pallets. Some have a little bit of kick-up, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Candygram, a duochrome shade is also not my favorite. It is a little bit crumbly and I find that I have to apply this one with a finger or a wet brush in order to get it to lay nicely on my skin. I don't remember running into very chunky shimmer shadows before with these palettes, but maybe I'm just not remembering correctly. 

The rest of the palette is actually very nice. The 1st 2 shades in the palette are especially beautiful (The Knot and Moonstruck), they both have beautiful reflective finishes and are buttery smooth. I actually think The Knot would be quite pretty as a highlight.

The Knot: metallic cool-toned ivory
Moon Struck: metallic soft gold
Two Peas: matte peachy beige
Candygram: metallic pinky red with gold duochrome
Winning Ticket: matte dusty mauve pink
FBO: metallic pink violet

Look-See: matte cool-toned plum
Fool's Rush: metallic golden bronze
Pulling Strings: matte warm saddle brown
Want U Back: matte dusty mauve brown (this shade is buttery soft and has quite a bit of kick-up and fall-out, but it's a gorgeous color)
DTR: metallic silvery taupe (my favorite shade in the palette)
Sparks Fly: matte deep plummy brown (a bit dry and rough but not as much as Look-See and this one is quite pigmented on the eyes)

Overall for the price I don't think you can go wrong with the ColourPop You Had Me At Hello Palette. It has two great transtition shades, some beautiful metallics and even though there is no matte vanilla type shade, I think it's all-inclusive, especially now with a mirror. 

For me it's just a bummer that the one shade I was most excited for is such a dud, but there are other shades like DTR, Winning Ticket and FBO that I really like. Plus that entire bottom row is so my jam.  

Will you be picking up this palette, or maybe the new 20-pan holiday palette that launches tomorrow?

Avon A Box | The Beauty of Gold

*Products in this post were received as PR from Avon. All opinions, are usual, are my own.

If you follow me on social media, then you might have seen me sharing a few of the Avon A Boxes. The Avon A Box is a carefully curated box of goodies available to purchase for $10 with a $40 order from your local Avon rep, or online. Each box is available for purchase for two weeks and each box offers a different variety of products. 

I personally have always been a fan of purchase with purchase promotions, they're a nice way to get to try a variety of different products for a lot less than the actual cost. I think that the price tag of the Avon A Boxes is reasonable. I've shared a total of 5 boxes and each box has had at least two full sized items, if not more. 

Now that I've taken a look at different boxes I definitely feel confident saying they are a good buy. You don't have to buy all of them, but keep an eye out every 2 weeks and pick and choose the ones that have the products you are most intrested in.

The Beauty of Gold A Box is available now. I love the selection of products in this box, especially the beautiful quad which has shades that are so my style.  

Just gorgeous right? This palette is called Gilded Metallics and the shades are so perfect for this season. I especially love shades 2,3 and 4. Avon has definitely come a long way when it comes to the quality of their shadows. 

I hope this look at the Avon The Beauty of Gold A Box gives helps you decide if you're interested in picking it up. Get your Avon A Box - The Beauty of Gold for $10 with a $40 purchase here

ColourPop Element of Surprise Eyeshadow Palette | Swatches

Today I have one of the two newest ColourPop pressed shadow palettes to share with you, the Element of Surprise Eyeshadow Palette. This palette is currently in stock on the ColourPop website, and I hope my swatches help you decide it you want to pick it up or not. 

The ColourPop Element of Surprise Eyeshadow Palette is $16 and seems to be the last of the no-mirror palettes. The You Had Me At Hello palette launched the same day as this palette and that one has a mirror and costs $18. I do like the addition of the mirror and the fact that ColourPop only raised the price by two dollars, still making these palettes incredibly accessible. 

When I saw that ColourPop was launching two palettes at the same time, I wasn't sure that I needed both and this is actually the palette that I almost skipped on. Now I am glad that I got them both. I really wasn't sure about the shade opulent, a bright fuchsia, but that shade actually gives the rest of the palette a nice pop of color. I will probably never use that shade, but it def brightens up the entire palette. 

It's quite a pretty palette isn't it? I was most excited for the matte shades as well as the purple shimmer (Subdue), which is really nice! 

Feels: metallic soft opalescent pink
Late Night: metallic copper with gold duochrome
Silk Street: matte purple-fuchsia
Rayon: metallic dark coral with blue-green duochrome

Go With the Flow: matte true peach
Subdue: metallic lavender with blue-green duochrome
Opulent: metallic bright true fuchsia
Labyrinth: matte dusty pink

Blank Canvas: matte deep maroon
Sea Stars: matte medium yellow brown
Details: matte smoky burgundy sprinkled with hot pink glitter

Peace of Mind: metallic bright burgundy

Subdue is definitely my favorite shade in the palette followed by Labyrinth, Sea Stars and Blank Canvas. There are three shades I think could be better - Silk Street swatched a bit patchy and isn't very pigmented.  Then there is Feels which again lacks pigmentation and is not as buttery or shimmery as other shades like Subdue. That shade actually looks quite pretty in the sun, it has a beautiful shift to it, but in regular light it doesn't look great. Details is supposed to be a smoky burgundy but it looks more brown than burgundy, plus it's not very pigmented and matte shadows with glitter pieces are just never my favorite. 

Overall I am happy with the ColourPop Element of Surprise Eyeshadow Palette. While I don't think a few of the shades could be more pigmented, it's an overall solid palette. I've used it a handful of times now and have really enjoyed it - ColourPop's eyeshadow palettes are just easy to work with and I like that. They don't make you feel like you're an failure at eyeshadow, you know? 

August/September Monthly Beauty Favorites

Some of the products mentioned in this post where received as PR and are marked by an *. Also, some links in this post are affiliate links. If you purchase a product using my link I will earn a small commission. Thanks in advance if you decide to shop through my links!

I missed my August favorites because that month I was trying so many new things that nothing really stuck out as an instant favorite. September was also full of new products to test, but I went back and looked for the products that I used constantly even with the influx of new products and found there were quite a few.

One of the favorite pieces in my collection is the Marc Jacobs About Last Night 2016 Holiday Palette. I had wanted to purchase the 2015 version of this palette so badly, but the $99 price tag held me back. When the 2016 version came out in October, I purchased it on the spot. I didn't even wait for the VIB sale and the 20% off, which might have been a good idea, but I didn't want to live with regret in case it sold out. 

I've actually never looked back, I love this palette. Yes, it was hella expensive, but when you take into consideration how much the Marc Jacobs 7-pan palettes cost, the 20-pan palettes are a good value. Plus this palette has a color range that I can def hang with, it includes some cooler tones which you don't see a lot of. When I use these shadows I never get a ton of fall out, I can get a variety of looks out of it and I am always happy with my eye look. So far it's been worth the money for me and these last two months I really took it for a spin trying to decide whether I need the 2017 version as well.

Will I be buying the 2017 version? Probably not. As much as I love this palette, it's expensive and there are so many new launches that it's hard to spend that much cash one just one item.

Again in my favorites is the the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush in First Love. It's just such a perfect neutral shade that goes with any eye look and lip color and it's hard to go overboard with it. Through being as heavy handed as I am with my blush, I managed to do that a few times recently. But everything about this blush from the packaging to the formula is perfection and I highly suggest it. 

I don't actually have a favorite foundation for the last month because though there have been a few new ones I like, I haven't used any consistently enough to say they are favorites. But when it comes to applying the foundations I have been using, I have gone back and forth between this Luxie Precision Foundation Face Brush and the L'Oreal Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender

The L'Oreal Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender sponge is under $8 and a much more affordable alternative to the Beauty Blender. I own two beauty blenders and find myself reaching for this sponge more than I do those. I got the Luxie brush in an Ipsy bag a few months ago but it is for sale on their webpage for $24. 

My go-to concealer in August was the Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer which I mentioned in my July favorites, so I won't go into it again. That concealer is so good to my dry under eyes and because of it, I could not put it down in August either. But in September I reached into my stash and pulled out another favorite for dry skin, the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer. 

Too Faced Born This Way Concealer is is light-medium coverage concealer made with coconut water so it's hydrating and doesn't cake up. I actually think this gives me a more natural look than the Benefit Airbrush Concealer and since it's so creamy and hydrating, it's really kind to my under eyes and doesn't make them look older. I would not recommend this concealer to anyone with oily skin, but if you have normal to dry skin, and not looking for super coverage, I would def give it a try. 

When it comes to lips, I have two products that I really enjoyed in Aug/Sept. The YSL Volupté Tint-in-Oil in the shade Pink About Me has been in my collection for a bit but I must confess I never gave it much attention. I own quite a few lip oils and usually reach for my drugstore ones, but these last weeks I have had this tube at my desk and have loved applying it as I work. It's the most decadent lip oil with a hint of color and a really nice fruity scent. You can see a full review for this product HERE.

The Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Liar is newer to my collection, I actually picked this up during my birthday month from in order to get my birthday gift and I love it! Sheer Liar is a mauve shade that is again, perfect with any eye look. This is the shade I can put on everyday and not think about it, plus the Urban Decay Sheer Revolution formula is so comfortable on the lips. And while this is a "sheer" formula, I find that I can build it up to full color on my lips. I own two lippies in this formula and would def buy more.

FYI: This original formula has been discontinued but you can still find it for $10 in the Urban Decay website. 

Lastly, there are two skincare products that I have been loving these past two months.

The *Pixy Glow Mist has made the rounds here before, this seriously is one of my favorite products of the year. I have dry skin that needs as much help in the glow department as possible and Pixi Glow Mist is perfect for finishing off my makeup, not only does it melt all the makeup together and take away any powderyness, it gives my skin the most luminous glow. 

I also use it with more full-coverage, matte foundations and while it changes the finish a bit, I still get that beautiful full-coverage look. This product is similar to Mac Fix + in a lot of ways but I don't think I would suggest Pixy Glow Mist for anyone with oily skin because the glow factor is pretty strong.

Pixi Glow Mist such a multi-tasker and easy on the budget at only $15. 

A new product to me in these last two months that has become a daily go-to is the *Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel which you can now find at Sephora. This eye gel has the most wonderful, cooling gel consistency and feels amazing on the entire eye area.

I've been using this gel consistently for a few weeks and while I can not yet attest to the anti-aging aspects, I can def say that I love how incredible it makes my skin feel. Even though this gel feels very rich and nourishing, it sinks into the skin pretty quickly and takes the dryness with it. I then have a great base for foundation and concealer that does not disrupt anything I put on top, if anything it really primes the area you put it on. With continued use I hope to see more benefits and will update on those later. For now, this is a step in my routine that I look forward to each day. 

I actually have some new and really awesome mascaras in my stash, like Lancôme's Mr. Big, but I could not put down the It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara after pulling it out one evening. I have been raving about this mascara since first trying it last year and it's still a favorite. My favorite place to purchase the It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara is on QVC where they have a duo for $29 (I am on my 4th duo) or you can always purchase it at Sephora or Ulta for $24a tube. As you can see, the duo over at QVC is def the way to go.

Either way you decide to go, I highly suggest giving this mascara a try. I have pewny lashes, they are very sparse and they are short. Yet, just one coat of It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara and my lashes are long, thick and beautiful. You need this mascara in your life!

ColourPop I Think I Love You Eyeshadow Palette | Review & Swatches

Today I'm sharing the newest ColourPop pressed shadow palette, the I Think I Love You Palette. This little palette is actually going to be included as one of my September Favorites because I am so in love with the shades in here. This is the third 12-pan pressed shadow palette that ColourPop has released and I do think it's my favorite of the three so far. 

These palettes cost $16, which is an amazing value. Full-sized ColourPop pressed shadows cost $6 a piece, though they are always on sale for $4. While these shadow pans are smaller than the full-sized pans, you still get a big bang for your buck and unless you don't own a lot of makeup, you probably won't be finishing any of the pans.

If you don't own a lot of makeup, at least this palette is affordable enough so you can replace it if you do happen to finish the shadows or hit pan of any favorites. :)

Before I begin my review, let me remind you that if you'd like to see reviews of the previous two 12-pan palettes,  the Yes, Please! or the FEM Rosa SHE palette, you can find them by clicking the links.

This palette is filled with the most beautiful metallics in rusty, coppery, bronzey tones. Metallic shades are my favorite and this palette is full of some of the prettiest shades, my favorite part of the palette and the one I see myself using most is the first half. 

Bitter Better: metallic soft gold
Bel Air: matte cool taupe
Fancy Face: metallic bright red copper
Girls Bite: metallic golden bronze
Howdy: metallic red bronze
Rowdy: matte warm ivory
My Treat: metallic champagne ivory
Level Up: metallic bright penny copper
Screw It: metallic soft rose gold
Let's Do It: matte true black
Rule Breaker: metallic bright yellow gold
My Type: matte deep saddle brown

Aren't these shades amazing? This palette is a true metallic shadow lovers dream come true. These photos don't even do the shadows any justice, the metallic shades are so reflective and shimmery. I shared a video on Snapchat the day I did these swatches, in indoor light by a window and the metallic shades were glorious!

Do I think you need the the ColourPop I Think I Love You Eyeshadow Palette? Yes! The price is so low (my favorite part) and the presentation is very cute, I definitely love the packaging of this palette a lot more than the first 12-pan palette. ColourPop is slowly stepping it up with each of these palettes they release, and I don't doubt that at some point they will include a mirror. 

As for the quality of the shadows, for me they work really great. The only shade that is a little dusty when I put my brush into the pan is Rowdy, the other mattes are harder pressed and barely release any. On application you do get a little bit of fall-out from some of the shades but nothing major and all of the shadows have a full day's wear time for me. 

Overall I highly suggest this palette if you're a fan of metallic & shimmery shadows. You really can't go wrong with this price tag and the color story of this palette is perfect for stepping into fall.