Elf Smudge Pots – Review

100_5338Hello, all! If you’re a budget savvy diva like I am, then you are more than likely very familiar with the brand elf. Now, the object of today’s affections is more of an oldie, but it’s still a goodie: Smudge Pots! They’re $3 and the ELF website is always aiming to hand out those deals and coupons.

The pots come in a very chic and classy clear pot that looks like glass, but definitely isn’t. It’s fine, though, because you can still get that rich queen aesthetic. The shadows inside have a very smooth and creamy feel, but the downside is that if you’re like me, and prefer to get the maximum pigmentation by using your fingers for application, the pots are a bit too narrow to get to the product without getting it clustered under your nails.


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In terms of pigmentation, color pay-off generally depends on the shade. Back to Basics tends to have the best stand-alone application on my eyes and Poppin’ Party is the most likely to get a little streaky on my lids. All of the shadows are buildable and once they’re on my lid, I usually get a solid 5 or so hours of uninterrupted wear. I find this to be a huge plus because it offers a lot of flexibility to the product. All of the shades can work as a decent primer or go on to make a great base for corresponding shadow colors that you want to layer on top.

In conclusion, I am a huge Smudge Pot fan and have recommended them to all of my friends and recommend them to you all as well! They’re versatile, they’re great for people who want quick pigmentation and don’t have time for brushes, and come in neutrals, bold shades, and shimmers! Spend your coins in a cost efficient manner and pick this up ya’ll (as long as your budget has accounted for it – $3 can be a lot of money and you should only spend it if you think it’s a great investment).

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Revlon ColorStay 24 Hour Foundation – Review

Hello, all! If you are subscribed to my YouTube channel, then you know that I’ve been testing out the Revlon ColorStay 24 hour foundation. This product claims to be America’s most-loved longwear foundation (which, I have literally never heard anyone else say before, but alright) and comes in both a Normal/Dry Skin formula and a Combination/Oily Skin formula. As it is winter and the weather has stripped the life from my face, I went for the former! I picked mine up from Ulta for $12.99, which is on the higher end of drugstore pricing. Fortunately Ulta is running a Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off sale on Revlon products until February 13 or you can buy it from Walmart for $10.


This foundation comes in what feels like a glass bottle with a twist-off lid and no pump, though I believe newer bottles should include that. It is fairly liquidy, but not so runny that it becomes difficult to work.

In terms of coverage, I would say that it is a medium and flexible. The first layer of it evens out my skin tone and reduces the appearance of hyper-pigmentation on my face and a second layer in the areas where my hyper-pigmentation is the most prominent cancels out the majority of the darkness without looking cakey. It also gives the skin a very natural, demi-matte finish, which is great for me because full on matte usually sucks every ounce of moisture from my face and a dewy finish leaves my face as greasy as a Pizza Hut pizza. In addition to having a nice finish, it also has a nice wear time. Though it is nowhere close to the 24 hours that the title claims, it does chill on my skin for a good 7 to 8 hours before it begins to look a bit less fab (though the wear time on me is sometimes about an hour less than that because I’m always napping in my makeup).

My favorite thing about this foundation, though, is the flexibility that it offers for different types of skin. In addition to coming in 2 different formulas to cater to normal, oily, dry, and combination skin, it has a wider array of colors to choose from than most drugstore lines. The normal/dry skin foundation has 12 shades and the combination/oily foundation has 20. While I do not believe there’s such a thing as “the perfect foundation,” this line offers so many options, that it comes close to it in my books.

Overall, I give this foundation a solid A. It has a solid wear-time, a strong color selection, and provides options for different skin types.

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ELF Cream Eyeliner – Review

Hello all! Today’s review is on the ELF cream eyeliners. I usually rock with the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner Pen, but mine dried up and was not working for me anymore and I was in the market for a replacement. My school’s bookstore only stocks one brand, which is ELF, so I decided to give this one a shot. ELF can be pretty hit or miss with their products, but when the price of the eyeliner is only $3 I have zero standards or desire to be picky.


The packaging of the liners is very simple as it comes in these clear little pots with black twist-off lids. It isn’t fussy, there are few bells and whistles, and I am 100% here for it. They come with a little liner brush that you can use, which is helpful for beginners who are looking for a low commitment entry into the cream liner game. I personally threw mine out (hence, the lack of pictures of it) as I already own actual full size liner brushes, but I appreciate the contribution.


I picked my liners up in the original “Black” as well as in “Coffee” for those days when I’m seeking a more Ariana Grande-esque wing. Swatch wise, I find that Black applies much better than Coffee because the former is much more opaque. They live up to the name “cream” liners by being ultra-creamy, but the shade Coffee is so creamy that it feels thin upon application. It initially comes off as a little translucent and sometimes has the issue where the brush can cut through the product which can make your liner appear slightly patchy, though it is not as noticeable once the product fully sets.


Both liners dry to a matte finish and then lock into place. As you can see, I swiped my finger across the liners a few times after they’d dried for about 15-20 seconds and there was only a small amount of streakage. They last all day on my eyes, despite my overly-oiled up eyelids, though I still recommend basing them with a primer or actual eyeshadow.

Overall, these liners are 2 of my favorite products that I’ve ever picked up. They’re easy to work with, long lasting, and cost efficient. The classic Black is definitely a must have and Coffee, while not formulated quite as well as Black, is a fun alternative if you’re just looking to try something new. I think these are great liners, particularly if you’re looking to rock a dramatic wing but don’t have the dexterity or patience for an actual liquid liner.

Top 5 Beauty Products Under $5

While I occasionally do fancy myself and investment product, I am generally 100% here for a good, cost-efficient product. I don’t have a huge fortune to look forward to and I’m pretty much the quintessential broke-college-student, which means I’m always looking for the hookup and I like to share it with you all when I find. So in that spirit, here are 5 things that I’m currently loving that all round up to under $5!

Eyelure Definition Lash 121

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

ELF Cream Eyeliner

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick

Black Radiance Oil Free Liquid Makeup

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Lorac Pro Matte Eyeshadow Palette – Review

Hello all! Today I have a review that has been a long time coming and it is on the Lorac Pro Matte Eyeshadow Palette. I am a huge Lorac fan and actually purchased this on my birthday, because why wouldn’t my gift to myself be the addition of more Lorac in my life? It was and is still $28 at Ulta and also on the Lorac Cosmetics website. Unfortunately, no coupon codes apply (which is sad, because I love to hit you all up with a good deal), but $28 isn’t too much of a break the bank price for a palette of 8 shadows.


The packaging comes in the same sleek cardboard fold over palette as all other Lorac palettes and includes a nice mirror on the inside. I know on social media a lot of people were surprised that the palette is quite small (though I just like to call it travel friendly). The website says that the total net weight is 0.144 oz./4g, which doesn’t really mean much to me, so just be aware that it will fit very nicely in your hands. As the name of the product tells you, everything inside is matte, and it carries a nice array of fairly neutral shadows which I’m assuming means that you can create a lot of everyday matte looks with it whether you’re at home or on the go.


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To be honest, swatching isn’t the best way to measure the pigmentation of a product or it’s actual use, especially as I’ve found that streaks of matte shadows never really do much for me, but as you can see, they are for the most part fairly pigmented. In actual use, I’ve found that they hold up very well and generally do not crease on my oily lids.

Despite the ease of use color selection, I can honestly say that this palette has not been the easiest for me to use. I don’t necessarily find the formula of each shadow to be consistent through-out, and the shade Courdoroy has been particularly difficult for me to use. It never really blends out as easy as I need it to, and while I like to invision it as a perfect complimentary crease color for most looks, it’s better used on the lid where little manipulation is necessary for a good look. The only way to really blend it anywhere is to barely dip your brush into the shadow, which requires way more self-control than I am capable of on a daily basis. Also, the shade Burgundy, when blended with other colors has generally failed to keep up any of its brick redness. I generally don’t touch the shades Bare or Linen, but Pink Mauve, Latte, Chocolate, and Jet Black really make the palette for me. They’re all very versatile, pigmented, and most importantly, easy to actually integrate into looks because they blend so well.

In the end, I wouldn’t say this palette has necessarily wowed me. I’m not upset that I bought it because I get so much use out of the shades that I do love. I know this is a lot of people’s everyday go-to palettes, but I’ve found that it’s a palette that works best for me when used with other palettes (particularly the Unzipped Palette). As I have no shortage of palettes, I’m not particularly bothered by this, but if you’re looking for a good palette to start out with, then I’d recommend skipping out on this one.

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Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette – Review


Hello, all! Today I come to you with another review and this one is from my favorite drugstore brand, Maybelline! I picked up their new Blushed Nudes palette and wanted to share my thoughts with you all on it. I purchased mine from Walmart for $9.99, the same price as the original The Nudes palette. Like always, if you’re feeling pretty budget savvy, you can pick yours up from Ulta with a mascara or something and use their current coupon code (or print off the physical coupon) and score $3.50 off of a $10 purchase.

The palette comes in a nice and sleek blush tone plastic frame with clear space to see all 12 shadows inside. It is very sturdy, an awesome size for travel, and overall does a good job at not falling apart (which I wasn’t expecting to be a problem, but sometimes you just don’t know). All of the shadows inside of it are primarily in the realm of ‘blush,’ living up to the name and carrying some soft pink iridescence or shimmer to them.


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I swatched these shadows on my arm with the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer as a base. Some may call that cheating, but let me tell you, primer was very necessary as these shadows apply better than they swatch. If you’re into showing off you Insta-color shadow arms to your legions of followers or if you love caressing blocks of velvety smooth shadows then this product may initially disappoint you in those departments. As a person who both loves a good swatch and feeling up those shadows, I found that those initial ‘disappointments’ are really easy to overlook, simply because the product works incredibly well for $10. I recommend using the non-matte shadows with a bit of a damp brush, but overall I was able to achieve a greater depth of color in application than on my arms and that’s perfectly okay. The shadows were blendable, buildable, and were not heavy on the creasing – though I still do recommend using it with a primer.

My only real complaint about it is that while I find the idea of blush tones x5 to be pretty awesome in theory, in reality it was a little bit impractical for my needs. I don’t need brown with subtle flecks of pink glitter; I just need brown. The color selection of this palette is very charming, especially as full drugstore palettes appears to be a recent occurrence, but everything about these shadows did not have to be bathed in blush.

Finally, this review would not be complete unless I compared this palette to my beloved The Nudes one and I can tell you right now, the quality of The Blushed Nudes is better. The shadows are more pigmented, there are less chalky shades to sort through (though some still do exist), and the color selection is fairly unique. It doesn’t look quite as sexy as The Nudes and I can’t fill my brows in with it, but that doesn’t matter because it appears that a lot of my initial concerns about the original palette were addressed in this one.

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BareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation – Review


Hello, all! I’ve recently been trying out the new BareMinerals Pure Brightening Serum Foundation that I picked up on Ulta, mainly because it came with free shipping. It claims to be like “nothing [I’ve] ever felt before” and to be formulated without water, parabens, oil, silicon, or fragrance. I’m no scientist and I don’t know what all of that mumbo-jumbo means, but I do love me a good bargain and at $29 with free shipping (which you can still partake in) I had no choice but to be all “sign me up” and added this product to my cart with some free perfume samples too.


I’ve been wearing the foundation now for about 2 or 3 weeks and I think that it is simply alright. You definitely have to shake the product to get the foundation at a usable consistency, but that is a mess free process as the inside of the lid is molded to fit snuggly around the nozzle of the bottle. The formula of the foundation is very wet and thin, which I believe is what helps you to obtain the “adjustable coverage” that it claims to allow for. 1-2 drops puts you around that light-medium coverage range. Depending on the condition of your skin, 3-4 drops can give you a more full coverage look.

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It is very lightweight on the skin and I find that it photographs very well, but I don’t think it’s the best go-to, everyday foundation for me. Though it gives a natural finish, rather than a matte one, it tends to cling to my dry patches and sometimes, new dry patches arise as the day goes on. It isn’t overly noticeable, but when I look at my face in the mirror after about 6 hours, it looks like the product is breaking up over the dry patches of my skin.

It also claims to be a brightening foundation and, to be honest, I don’t know what that is truly supposed to mean. It has a natural finish, but I’ve never felt like I’ve looked exceptionally radiant with just the foundation on. Perhaps my personality is just so bright on it’s own that it cancels out any brightening effect of the foundation? That being said, this product does work really well with highlighters, so if you like to go ham on that highlight, then this might be the product for you.

Overall, I have found this foundation to be quite alright. It honestly does offer adjustable coverage, feels lightweight on the skin, and doesn’t have a messy application. I did not find it to be incredibly longwearing and tends to cling to dry patches on my skin, which I’m not the hugest fan of. I think this is a okay foundation, but it isn’t necessarily a holy-grail item for me. That being said, I can see myself turning towards this foundation on special occasions because it does work well with highlighters and it is relatively easy to obtain whatever level of coverage that you are most interested in obtaining.

Have any of you tested this foundation out and, if so, what was your experience? Also, what foundations are you all in love with right now?

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NYX Avant Pop: Nouveau Chic Palette – Review

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A few weeks ago I did a review of one of the 3 palettes from NYX’s Avant Pop line and today I have a review of the Nouveau Chic palette. I’m a huge fan of palettes with neutral and matte shades in them, so when I saw this one I proceeded to make all of my ugly-pleased faces at it through my laptop screen before promptly clicking that buy button. These retail for $17 and my review on my last Avant Pop post includes all of the information for getting a discount from the NYX website. Now the palettes are available from Ulta for $16.99 and are buy 1, get 1 50% off until June 27th.

Here are all 10 shades:




Sadly, none of the shadows in this palette have their own names so I gave them all numbers. All 10 shades are incredibly pigmented and feel very smooth. Even the matte shades are still soft to touch, except for shade 8 which feels kind of hard but is still incredibly pigmented and blendable. I did experience some fallout during the application of these shades, but that is not a deal breaker for me.

I also am very pleased with the color selection within this palette. It has a nice combination of target spring colors with all of the purples and even some fun peach tones (shades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7) and will transfer well into the fall which are primarily concentrated on the right side of the palette (shades 5, 9, and 10). It also has a nice balance of neutral and fun shades meaning that it’s easy to turn to when you don’t have time to use 70,000 colors to make a look and you can still turn to it when you do.

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Overall, I think this is an accessible palette. I’m not the biggest fan of the texture and consistency of shade 8 , but all of the shades are pigmented and very blendable.There are shimmery shades, shades with more of a sheen to them, and mattes which is a combination I look for in a palette. I think it’s a good palette for people who are transitioning between completely neutral palettes, but you don’t want to go all out with crazy colors like with the Art Throb palette. The shades are fun but completely wearable.

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NYX Avant Pop: Art Throb Palette – Review

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I am huge lover of eyeshadow palettes so when I saw that NYX was releasing their Avant Pop palettes I knew that I had to get my hands on them. If you follow me on Instagram (which you definitely should, if you don’t already), then you would have seen that I picked up 2 of the 3 including the one that I have for you right now: Art Throb. So far I have only seen them available for purchase from the NYX website, though I’d love to know if they can be picked up in store anywhere else. They are $17 each, but at the NYX site you can get 25% off your purchase of them by signing up for their mailing list and earn free shipping when you spend $25+.

Here are all 10 shades:


Unfortunately, like most drugstore palettes, these shades don’t have individual names so I had to number them. As you can see, all 10 of them are quite pigmented upon swatching and were able to hold up that pigmentation on the actual eye. Even the black shadow was intense, which is something that I was not expecting because my past experience with drug store palettes has resulted in very wimpy shades of black. Thankfully, the black in this palette is very buildable and can easily be transferred to an intense tone.


I have also found these shadows to be very longwearing in terms of creasing control and color payoff. With the NYX Prismatic Eyeshadows, I found that if I wasn’t using my most expensive eye primer, then the color of the shadows would fade away and I would experience a lot of creasing, but so far none of these shadows have resulted in this problem. At the end of the day everything continued to look relatively close to the way the way they had during their initial application.

Sample Looks:

1 in the lower wing to outer lower lashline, 8 blended into the entire lower lashline, and 3 in the inner corner
3 in the inner corner, 4 on the lid, 6 on the outer corner, 10 blended out into the crease and along the lower lashline, and a tiny amount of 9 on the outer crease

Overall, I am very impressed with the quality of this palette. $17 may seem like much, but it is very easy to get it at a discount and will be even more so if it shows up at more stores like Ulta. I also found shadows 3, 4, 6, 9, and 10 to be the most easy to use in everyday looks. This being said, this palette is not for everyone. It’s very flashy and there are few neutrals to balance it out. This is not necessarily a huge deal breaker for me because I don’t mind working between palettes or integrating single shadows, but others might be looking for a nice balance between fun brights and easy-use neutrals. If that isn’t a deal breaker for you, then I definitely recommend it.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom – Review

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A couple of weeks ago I woke up to a lovely text message from my mother telling me that Ulta was running a 40% off sale on Maybelline products. I had actually already put in an order for some things from there the day before, but since Maybelline is one of my favorite drugstore brands, I decided to use this sale to try out a product that’s advertisements I can’t seem to escape: the Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks. They retail for about $7.49 each, but you can pick them up from Ulta for half-price until May 10th because they are currently buy 1, get 1 50%.

Here are the 3 shades I picked up:

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They all apply sheer, but can be built up to a bolder color. They have a very smooth consistency, and apply just as such. Also, they don’t dry out the lips, which is great!

Coral Burst:

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When I initially made my purchase of these online, this is the color I was most excited about. Unfortunately, it actually turned out to be my least favorite of the three that I picked up. I still love the color, but even when I started with my one swipe sheer application, I could feel the lipstick trying to cling onto all of those secret dry patches on my lips. Come 3 hours later and the lipstick had settled into a slew of fine lines that I didn’t even know that I had. The color is nice and, while it does transfer, it manages to last at 4 hours on the lips with no touch ups. I just could not get over how much this lipstick was seeping into my fine lines and clinging to my dry patches.

Orchid Ecstasy:

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This is my top shade of the bunch! When I ordered it, I thought it would appear as having more of a purple hue because in the tube it appears as a fuchsia/magenta color. You can still see that tone within it, but all of my friends thought that it was just hot pink. That being said, this color is still gorgeous, especially if you’re just starting out with bolder colors. It applies evenly, lasts 4+ hours without reapplication, and never settles in any of the cracks in my lips.

Blushing Bud:

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This lipstick is probably the most subtle when you first apply it. It did give a slight tint to my lips, but it was so natural that it almost appeared as if I wasn’t wearing any product. I think it’s a nice subtle color, particularly if you have already done a bit of a bolder eye and want to keep the lips very low-key. My only complaint is that it does settle into some of my fine lines and cling onto some of those dry patches.

Overall, I think these lipsticks are alright but they appear to be a bit of a hit or miss. I love Orchid Ecstasy and wholeheartedly recommend it, but for me Coral Burst is a hard pass and Blushing Bud is just okay.

Have any of you tried out the Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks? How did they work for you?

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